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Worker dies in Curtin University construction site roof collapse

Wednesday 14, Oct 2020

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Worker dies in Curtin University construction site roof collapse

WorkSafe Western Australia (WorkSafe WA) and WA Police are investigating the work-related death of a 23-year-old apprentice on a building site at Curtin University on Tuesday, 13 October.

The incident, which claimed the life of Jonnie Hartshorn and injured two others, happened at Building 418 at 12.32 pm, at the northern end of Curtin University’s Perth campus where a new School of Design and the Built Environment is being constructed.

It is understood that Mr Hartshorn and his colleague were working on or near a glass roof structure at the construction site when it collapsed, causing them to fall 20 metres.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said any work-related death was a tragedy and relayed his sincere condolences to the man’s family.

In its statement, Curtin University also extended its condolences, thoughts and support to all those impacted by the incident on campus. All events on campus were also cancelled on the day of the incident, as a mark of respect to those affected by the tragedy. No Curtin University staff or students were involved in the incident.

Ambulance and emergency services attended the scene, and those injured were taken to Royal Perth Hospital. Construction at the Building 418 site began in 2019 and is due for completion next year.

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