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Worker dies in Curtin University construction site roof collapse

Wednesday, 14 October, 2020

Worker dies in Curtin University construction site roof collapse

WorkSafe Western Australia (WorkSafe WA) and WA Police are investigating the work-related death of a worker on a building site at Curtin University on 13 October. The incident, which claimed the life of one construction worker and injured two others, happened at Building 418 at 12.32 pm, at the northern end of Curtin University’s Perth campus, where a new School of Design and the Built Environment is being constructed. The death is believed to be related to the collapse of the roof of a building under construction and — according to a statement released by Curtin University — it is understood that the men were working on or near a glass roof structure when it gave way.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said any work-related death was a tragedy and relayed his sincere condolences to the man’s family. In its statement, Curtin University also extended its condolences, thoughts and support to all those impacted by the incident on campus. All events on campus were also cancelled on the day of the incident, as a mark of respect to those affected by the tragedy. No Curtin University staff or students were involved in the incident.

Ambulance and emergency services attended the scene and those injured were taken to Royal Perth Hospital. Construction at the Building 418 site began in 2019 and is due for completion next year.

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