Another QLD worker killed

The CFMEU regrets to inform members that there has been another tragic fatality on a Queensland construction site, the fourth this year.

The CFMEU’s QLD Branches report that a  44-year old operator was struck by a toppling excavator in the Port of Brisbane and fatally injured on Tuesday March 20.

Initial union investigations of the incident point to the worker having been killed while operating a telehandler, which had been assisting a large excavator.

"The ground that the excavator was working on must have been too soft, so the operator was working in a telehandler, dropping concrete pads so the excavator could have a stable path to move on,” said CFMEU QLD Safety Co-Ordinator Andrew Ramsay.

It is not yet known what caused the excavator to topple or is it clear whether the worker was standing beside the excavator or was attempting to jump clear when the incident occured.  The worker was crushed by the digging/drilling rig attachment of the toppling excavator.

Principal contractor BOFKLIS is reclaiming sand at the Port of Brisbane.

The deceased was employed by Skilled, as a labour hire worker.

Further information on this incident will be posted to the website as it becomes available.

  • Or contact Royce Kupsch, QLD BLF OHS Officer, 07.3236 2633 or Andrew Ramsay CFMEU QLD/NT Safety Co-Ordinator, 07. 3231 4600
  • For other recent workplace deaths in QLD: Safety Zone Incidents Electrocution Fatality Clermont 
  • Read more on Port of Brisbane incident:  Brisbane Times
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