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Worker killed in tragedy at Port Botany site

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September 26 2019

By Nick Hartman

A worker has been killed in Sydney’s south-east after being crushed to death by a shipping container in Port Botany on Wednesday.

The man, aged in his 50s, was discovered by colleagues just after 10am, and performed CPR before paramedics arrived to the scene. Sadly, the man could not be saved.

After the incident, a second man who administered CPR was taken to the hospital after suffering “severe shock”.

The death of the worker in Port Botany is one of a series of work-related deaths in Sydney and across Australia.

On September 11, a man was killed after his head became stuck in a piece of machinery was one of three work-related accidents in Sydney within a three-hour period.

The month prior to that, a 38-year-old construction worker was killed after a 30-metre fall down a ventilation shaft at a site in Sydney’s west.

As of September 12, there have been more than 100 Australian workers killed at work in 2019.

These tragic incidents are a reminder of the importance of workplace safety, as well as the impact it has on the whole community.

“Work health and safety should be a main priority for business owners as well as employers, regardless of the industry they are in,” Employsure’s manager of Health and Safety Larry Drewsen said. “While workplace incidents can generally be small, they may have a significant impact for a number of reasons.”

“There are fundamental elements to keep in mind in regards to work health and safety which include identifying hazards that may harm workers, as trips and falls are the most common type of safety issues in the workplace, and completing a risk assessment to manage any possible situation in the workplace.

“Workplace health and safety requirements for employers can vary extensively depending on the type of work conducted by the business, from a construction site, to an accounting firm, to a beauty salon.

“Reviewing and revising procedures directed at increasing work health and safety should also be undertaken regularly, as creating a harm-free and risk-free working environment should be an ongoing process.”