The death of a construction worker who was trapped under a crane in Adelaide is a tragedy that no family should have to bear, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill says.
The 35-year-old man died late on Tuesday night while working as part of a night crew on a major road project in the city’s southern suburbs.
The project has been shut down while investigations into the death continue and Premier Weatherill has promised the circumstances will be revealed.
“When you’re dealing with large pieces of mechanical equipment. of course very significant safety issues arise,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
“We need to understand what occurred here and the investigation is only beginning.
“But, we won’t rest until we understand what has happened and if we find out there have been deficiencies then we will take steps to remedy them.
“No family should have to put up with this.”
SafeWork SA officials have seized some material from the scene of the incident and have interviewed witnesses.
The man’s death is the third workplace fatality in SA this year, compared to 23 deaths for the whole of 2016.
Union officials have expressed concern over the safety of workers on construction sites.
Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union state secretary Aaron Cartledge there were risks associated with lighting, working at night and fatigue management.
Mr Weatherill said any loss of life at any workplace was of deep concern.
“Our thoughts are with this gentleman’s family and friends who must be suffering enormously at the moment,” he said.