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Gold Coast boom lift fatality

6. December 2017 | Comments (1)

A steelworker died yesterday, while using a boom lift on north side of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Gold Coast
The construction site following the incident

The man, David Wright 22, was an employee of Steel Fabrications which was working on a new large steel frame warehouse in the Yatala area. According to reports we have received, he was crushed between the platform and an overhead beam and suffered critical chest and abdomen injuries. He was declared dead at the scene.

Original reports suggested that he had fallen from the platform, but subsequent information has stated a crushing incident as the cause, due it seems to driving over uneven ground while close to the overhead beams. Paramedics arrived on site promptly and attempted to revive him for almost a hour before officially declaring him dead.

Workplace Health and Safety sent an investigator to the site to determine how the incident occurred. Working alongside the police.

Gold Coast
It is said that the man fell from the platform of a boom lift


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Garry Blandford
7. December 2017 21:17

My sincere and heart felt condolences go out to this young man?s family - an absolute tragedy. As the designer an manufacturer of an affordable solution that prevents or, at the very least, minimises this sort of accident (SanctuaryZone), it saddens me every time I read of these events - I am not attempting to capitalise on this awful event, but the initial need for a system was borne out of a preventable death such as this.
(Also posted to LinkedIn)


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