Police interview witnesses of the horror collapse, which crushed a 24-year-old worker.
Police interview witnesses of the horror collapse, which crushed a 24-year-old worker. Vanessa Marsh BUNACC

Man dies in building collapse

A 24-YEAR-OLD man is dead after being crushed by a collapsing building yesterday morning.

The man was part of a crew lowering the building at Bundaberg Airport when a jack collapsed about 8.40am.

Bundaberg Police Superintendent Rowan Bond said the young man had been under the building when it fell, crushing his pelvis and legs.

“The man’s co-workers had to jack the building up to free him and (Queensland Fire and Rescue Services) arrived and assisted at the end,” Supt Bond said.

AGL Action Rescue Helicopter and Royal Flying Doctor Service staff were the first medical professionals to arrive on scene and gave him oxygen and first aid until the ambulance road crew arrived.

“We did as much as we could to assist,” AGL rescue pilot Dick Snell said.

The man was rushed to hospital by ambulance, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Supt Bond said the Bundaberg Aero Club had recently taken possession of the building, which was moved on Friday and had sat on pallets over the weekend.

“Work had only just started lowering it down when the incident occurred,” he said.

Local house removalists, the Herbener Brothers, were tasked with relocating the building and were yesterday unavailable for comment.

“The 24-year-old man had only just commenced employment with this removal firm,” Supt Bond said.

It is believed the man had only recently relocated to Bundaberg from Brisbane and started work this week.

Workplace Health and Safety investigators arrived on scene shortly after police.

“It will be a dual investigation between Workplace Health and Safety and Queensland Police,” Supt Bond said.

The building was donated to the aero club by Bundaberg Regional Council under the terms it be moved to the sight about 20m away.

The aero club yesterday declined to comment on the incident.

This is the Herbener Brothers’ second major workplace accident in the space of four years.

In 2007, 22-year-old Jason Herbener was lucky to survive when his head was crushed by a building after a jack failed during a house removal.



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