Friday 23 August 2013

Second young tradesman dies in less than seven hours

A 25-year-old electrician died while working on a house renovation in the Gippsland town of Yallourn North yesterday.

The man was working in the kitchen of a private residence when he was electrocuted at about 4.30pm. WorkSafe investigators attended the scene last night and are investigating the circumstances around the incident.

The man’s death occurred less than seven hours after a floor collapsed at a building site in Caulfield South, killing a 20-year-old worker.

WorkSafe Chief Executive, Denise Cosgrove, said the deaths of the two young workers were a terrible tragedy.

“Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of the two young men who passed away yesterday,” Ms Cosgrove said.

“This tragic news highlights the importance of keeping safety a top priority in all workplaces at all times.”

Yesterday’s incidents take the number of workplace fatalities in Victoria this year to 12.

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Rebecca Stoel: 0466 749 249, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Peter Flaherty: 0478 881 663, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.