Monday 25 June 2018

Construction worker dies on tunnel project

A man in his 50s has died in hospital following an incident at the West Gate Tunnel Project’s Footscray Road site.

The man suffered head injuries after he was struck by a piece of equipment attached to a mobile piling rig on June 14. He died yesterday.

WorkSafe is investigating the incident.

The fatality brings the confirmed number of workplace deaths for 2018 to 12, which is one less than at the same time last year.

WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Health and Safety, Paul Fowler, said the incident was a tragic reminder of the risks of construction.

“It is devastating to think that someone will not return home following this incident, and our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues,” Mr Fowler said.

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Kathleen O'Dwyer: 0435 409 975, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jeremy Venosta: 0466 749 372, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.