Monday 03 July 2017

WorkSafe investigates North Melbourne scaffold collapse

WorkSafe is investigating the cause of a scaffold collapse at a demolition site in North Melbourne this morning.

It is understood that three levels of scaffolding fell from a building being demolished at the corner of Flemington Rd and Villiers St. No one was injured in the incident.

One outbound lane in Flemington Rd has been closed as engineers and WorkSafe inspectors assess the scene.

WorkSafe’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams, said this was an extremely serious incident and it was fortunate that no serious injuries or fatalities had occurred.

“Demolition is dangerous work, and when it goes wrong the potential for workers or members of the public to be injured by falling objects is extremely high,” Ms Williams said. 

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Peter Flaherty: 0478 881 663, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Caitlin Rode: 0434 685 577, 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.