A worker has died after being crushed by a metal beam in a workplace incident in Smithfield, Western Sydney.
Emergency services responded to reports of a worker being crushed by a steel pylon around 11:30am this morning, at a business that manufactures overhead cranes.
It is believed co-workers and bystanders performer CPR, but despite their best efforts and that of paramedics who attended the site, the worker could not be revived and died.
Inspector Jenny Porter, NSW Ambulance duty operations manager has praised the quick thinking of bystanders who attempted to help the man, and that the death was a tragic accident.
“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.”
Both NSW Police and Safe Work have confirmed that they are investigating and are preparing a report for the coroner. The owner of the site, MHE Demag, is yet to make a comment.
It brings the total number of fatalities across Australian worksites to 92, more than half the total number of fatalities last year.