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WorkCover and CFMEU investigate weekend death

By Kerces 3 July 2006 41

A 48-year-old Queanbeyan man died on Saturday morning after falling between floors on a Civic construction site.

The accident took place at 7.30 am on the Section 84 Precinct B construction site (which I think is where the old Griffin Centre was). The man was pronounced dead at the scene and a post mortem was conducted yesterday for the coroner.

The ABC reported this morning that the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is seeking to inspect the site this morning. Police and ACT WorkCover investigations into the accident have also been launched, but the union had to lodge an application 24 hours before being able to enter the site (due to the WorkChoices legislation).

The Canberra Times also covered the accident, reporting the CFMEU has taken up a collection for the man’s family and offered trauma counselling to his colleagues. Although the man’s name has not yet been released, the CT reports he was a supervisor on the site and is survived by a wife and two children.

The union has been using this as an opportunity to push their anti-WorkChoices case, saying companies are being pressured into not allowing union safety inspection. The ABC quotes a spokesperson for the Australian Building and Construction Commission, the Federal Government’s watchdog, as saying that no such thing has ever happened.

UPDATED: Kevin Andrews is upset that the CFMEU is still being heard.

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SLBrown 4:20 pm 06 Jul 06

The fact of the matter is that even in the confines of this discussion. I think it is in bad taste to make a political point from a mans death. The unions “appear” to be making a tacit link between workchoices and this tragedy. If the coroner (The person that investigates all deaths) says there is a link then with the permission of the mans family make all the points you want – but at least wait until his children and family have come to some realisation before grandstanding

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