Skip to content Skip to main navigation

Lifestyle

Experience humanity amplified

Concrete boom collapse at the Kingston Foreshore

By johnboy - 21 July 2012 26

kingston foreshore collapse

Three workers have been injured in an accident on a work site in Kingston this morning.

The ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire & Rescue were called to Dockside, Eastlake Parade were a concrete boom had collapsed.

Firefighters have rescued one of the men who was trapped under the boom.

Update to follow.

10:02am Saturday 21 July 2012

Intensive care paramedics have treated three patients on scene.

All are currently being transported to The Canberra Hospital, one in a serious condition the other two with minor injuries.

10:12am Saturday 21 July 2012


View Larger Map

[Words Courtesy ESA, Picture from a reader]


UPDATE 21/08/12: 14:21: The police are now asking for witnesses following the death of one of the workers:

ACT Policing is investigating a workplace incident at Kingston Foreshore this morning (Saturday July 21) killing a man in his early 20s.

At about 9.44am police were called to a construction site where a concrete pourer had collapsed injuring three workers.

ACT Ambulance arrived at the scene and tried to resuscitate the man without success. The two injured workers have been transported to The Canberra Hospital for treatment.

ACT Policing are preparing a brief for the Coroner with the assistance of Work Safe ACT.

Anyone who is yet to speak to police and witnessed the incident is asked to call police on 131 444.

What’s Your opinion?


Post a comment
Please login to post your comments, or connect with
26 Responses to
Concrete boom collapse at the Kingston Foreshore
screaming banshee 10:48 pm 21 Jul 12

gooterz said :

Lots of people are responsible for safety if people are seriously hurt then someone is to blame.

It is entirely possible to experience an unforeseen mechanical/structural failure, despite having the most rigorous of engineering, safety inspections, and maintenance in place.

Rather than pointing the finger and speculating how about waiting until the incident has been investigated.

gooterz 9:58 pm 21 Jul 12

Ex Warrior said :

shirty and gooterz,
If the safety officer or the day of the week, or if it was mechanical fault andnot the fault of the operator will you show some and apologise to who your accusing was at fault?
A young fella has lost his life and its horrific to those involved. Show some deceny

Will you be apologising to me because i posted that comment well before news came out that someone was killed? Likely the same for shirty.

Isnt the safety of the work equipment also subject to safety inspections?

Your not going to be one of those people that thinks people die and its just a fact of life and no one is at fault.
Clearly something/someone was at fault, as things work in the real world this piece of equipment was being used and someone is responsible to make sure its safe to use. Again someone else is responsible to make sure its used correctly and more people are there to make sure the workers are trained to use it.
Lots of people are responsible for safety if people are seriously hurt then someone is to blame.
Think about it, if we didnt have people responsible for the safety of others we would have many more serious accidents.

damien haas 9:41 pm 21 Jul 12

Dacquiri said :

But another thing strikes me as curious: that (ok, on a day with other news items) the death of a worker and the injury of 2 others did not rate a mention on any of the nationial news programs this evening. Are worksite fatalities now considered so normal that they are not even newsworthy (whereras if it had been a fatality + injuries on the Kings/Princes Highway, it would have rated a mention)?

Im not confident there is a conspiracy to ignore workplace deaths. I did see this sad incident reported on the Channel 7 news, approx 10 past 6 this evening. Pictures are everything – perhaps no other network had a camera/vision.

Ex Warrior 9:30 pm 21 Jul 12

shirty and gooterz,
If the safety officer or the day of the week, or if it was mechanical fault andnot the fault of the operator will you show some and apologise to who your accusing was at fault?
A young fella has lost his life and its horrific to those involved. Show some deceny

PantsMan 7:19 pm 21 Jul 12

The hi-vis guys are can be somewhat of an oddity to Canberra locals sometimes, however, this is a very sad day for everyone in this city. A young guy who will never reach his potential in life. Very sad.

Dacquiri 7:05 pm 21 Jul 12

Yes, the gos is that a crucial piece of equipment (the concrete pump, maybe?), which had been recently certified (in Sydney, I think) was faulty.
But another thing strikes me as curious: that (ok, on a day with other news items) the death of a worker and the injury of 2 others did not rate a mention on any of the nationial news programs this evening. Are worksite fatalities now considered so normal that they are not even newsworthy (whereras if it had been a fatality + injuries on the Kings/Princes Highway, it would have rated a mention)?

poetix 6:43 pm 21 Jul 12

Just awful. My condolences to the man’s family and friends. Best wishes to the two injured workers.

How can it be that this still happens? Is this the third construction death recently?

cranky 5:50 pm 21 Jul 12

From the CityNews item, it would appear either mechanical failure of the machine or the machine falling over is to blame. One is down to maintenance, the other to work practices. There WILL have been a stuff-up, but the seriousness of the consequences mean individuals need to be brought to account.

My condolences to those involved. This should not happen in todays worksafe environment. Many construction industry personnel spend much/all their time attempting to make these sites as safe as going shopping.

JessP 4:49 pm 21 Jul 12

There is something very very wrong in the construction industry in the ACT.

Condolences to the family of the worker. A dreadful tragedy.

Dacquiri 2:14 pm 21 Jul 12

Without wishing to comment specifically on this tragic incident, I can say that, based on the experience of a close relative who has been involved in various ACT construction sites, there are real satey concerns. Most of these concerns result directly from main contractors trying to do things on the cheap. This results in things like: extraordinary pressure on workers to get things done within insufficient staff and/or within crazy timeframes; workers working incredibly long hours, often going without what most of us would consider reasonable breaks; inexperienced labourers; older more experienced foremen and site supervisors trying to pick up the slack and do things they shouldn’t be doing since younger workers don’t know how to do so many things. Mostly, however, I’ve been told constant stories about the impact of cheap employers not providing what is necessary to do the job properly.
Hope they get to the bottom of what happened with this one, and heartfeld sympathies to the affected families. Worksite injuries and deaths like this are inexcusable.

Northsidechick 1:49 pm 21 Jul 12

I am very sorry to hear this and my thoughts go out to the workers and their families 🙁

gooterz 1:33 pm 21 Jul 12

richiedt said :

Sadly one of the workers has died:

http://citynews.com.au/2012/collapsed-concrete-pourer-kills-worker/

An unacceptable loss 🙁

shirty_bear 12:52 pm 21 Jul 12

Yeah, sorry, but surely this can only happen when person/people don’t know what they’re doing (as per the GDE bridge-pour collapse)? Concrete pouring is hardly rocket surgery.

Sympathies to the injured, and hope they recover quickly. But, given the state of construction in this town, is anyone really surprised?

richiedt 12:22 pm 21 Jul 12
gooterz 12:08 pm 21 Jul 12

Whats up with pouring concrete in canberra!

Would wonder if this being a weekend had anything to do with it. Was guy in charge of safety only working weekdays?

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2017 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
www.the-riotact.com | www.b2bmagazine.com.au | www.thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site