Australia: Curtin university roof collapse leaves one dead and two injured
A 23-year-old worker has died and two others have been injured after a building under construction collapsed at a university in Western Australia.
Western Australia police commander Mike Bell said two construction workers were on the canopy carrying out work when it “suddenly gave way without warning and both fell over 20 meters to the ground”.
“The cause of that collapse is yet to be determined,” Bell said.
A St John Ambulance spokeswoman said two ambulance crews, as well as fire and emergency services and police, attended the scene.
The man passed away immediately after falling more than 20 meters, authorities said.
Meanwhile, the other two injured men have been taken to Royal Perth hospital with multiple injuries.
Aerial footage taken by local media showed a smashed glass roof and a large pile of rubble on the ground.
Curtin University said the incident occurred at building 418 which is currently under construction.
“We have been advised that no Curtin students or staff were involved in the incident,” the university said in a statement.
“Our thoughts are with all impacted by this accident.”
After the collapse, a text message sent by the university to students earlier stated: “There has been an accident on the construction site of building 418. Emergency services personnel are on site. Please avoid the area and avoid University Boulevard.”
The cause of the accident would be investigated by a work safety regulator, authorities said.