Update on work site incident in Dickson

Released 06/09/2019

WorkSafe ACT inspectors remain on the site of a serious work site incident which occurred this morning in Dickson.

Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones said that Inspectors were likely to remain on the site late into the evening and return to the site tomorrow (Saturday) as investigations continue.

“Our focus is on understanding how this serious incident occurred as well as ensuring that workers on site, including those who may have witnessed the incident, are receiving support,” Mr Jones said.

At this time it is understood that the worker remains in a critical condition. The worker, a male in his early twenties, fell from scaffolding this morning at the Challis Street site, from a height of around 10 metres.

The non-disturbance notice, put in place just after the incident by WorkSafe, remains in place. Work on the site has also concluded for the day.

Mr Jones said investigations into the cause of the incident would continue for some time.

“At this time our thoughts are with the injured worker, his family, friends and work colleagues,” he said.

“It was a significant incident and we will be working with all parties to understand how it occurred over the coming days and weeks. This will assist in the prevention of future incidents of a similar nature.

“A fall from a height is one of the most significant risks on a construction site and I’d like to remind all employers to ensure safe work practices are in place and are communicated to workers.  Workers should ensure they understand all relevant safe work practices and report any unsafe issues they may come across.”

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