Worker killed in freak accident

A 35-year-old man has been crushed to death by a metal beam in a horrific workplace accident in Smithfield, in western Sydney.

Emergency services were called to Long Street at Smithfield about 11.30am on Monday to reports a man had been crushed by a steel pylon at overhead cranes manufacturer MHE Demag.

When paramedics arrived, bystanders were performing CPR.

The man could not be revived and died at the scene.

NSW Ambulance duty operations manager, Inspector Jenny Porter, praised the bystanders who tried to save the man’s life. She said his death was a tragic incident.

“No one goes to work expecting not to come home,” she said.

“The bystanders who worked quickly to try and save him by administering CPR should be commended.

“General first aid knowledge, CPR skills and a defibrillator on site provide that best chance; sadly despite everyone’s best efforts, the patient was unable to be revived.”

MHE Demag’s managing director, Vince Di Costanzo, told NCA NewsWire the company was devastated to hear of Monday’s tragedy.

“This morning we became aware of a tragic incident which occurred at our Smithfield site which has sadly resulted in a fatality of one of our workers,” he said.

“Our thoughts are with the families and work colleagues affected by this incident.

“We are currently cooperating with Police and regulatory bodies and are also undertaking our own investigations to understand what occurred.”

NSW Police and Safe Work are investigating, and a report will be prepared for the coroner.


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