Curtin University roof collapses, authorities on the scene looking for casualties

Clay Curtis
October 16, 2020

Police and emergency crews are working to make the site safe so they can retrieve the body of the worker, whose family has been notified.

Two of the Hartshorn's colleagues are in Royal Perth Hospital hospital this morning, with one man in critical condition after part of the ceiling fell on top of him, and the other man's condition stable.

Emergency services were called to Curtin University, in Perth, at around 1pm local time on Tuesday.

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"A lot of the workers have stayed behind and obviously they'll be spoken to in due course to determine exactly what happened", WA Police Commander Mike Bell said.

The cause of the collapse is not yet known.

Lendlease building chief executive Dale Connor said the company was working with authorities.

A third worker inside the building at the university's Bentley campus was also injured after falling about 10 metres.

The deceased man died in the fall.

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"Our thoughts are with all impacted by this accident".

"There has been an accident on the construction site of Building 418", the text message said.

Mr Clancey said if the incident occurred five minutes earlier - before many left for their lunch break - there would have been at least 20 more people working on the site.

"This is a really quite remarkable event to have a collapse of a structure of that scale on a construction site".

The university urged people to avoid the area.

CFMEU state secretary Mick Buchan said "we're not going to leave any rock unturned to get to the outcome of what's happened".

WorkSafe is also investigating the incident and a police report will be prepared for the coroner.

WA Premier Mark McGowan described the incident as a "terrible tragedy".

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