Investigation into 13-storey equipment fall

Thursday, 19 March, 2009

SafeWork SA is investigating an incident that occurred last Monday in Pirie Street, Adelaide, where equipment fell from the 13th storey of a building under construction.

It’s understood that sometime after 3.00 pm a worker was using a wheeled device to tip sand from a large bin into a skip on the 13th floor.

During this operation, the device and its bin rolled free and broke through the fall protection barriers in place.

The tipper and the bin then plunged 13 storeys, striking hoardings above a ground-level walkway. The bin then fell inside the construction site, while the tipping device came to rest in Pirie Street itself.

Nobody was injured.

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