| 01.04,19. 06:22 PM |
Man dies, another critical in building scaffolding collapse at Macquarie Park
Ambulances, police and fire crews responded to the fatal accident. (ABC News)
A man has died and another has been critically injured after scaffolding collapsed at a building site in Sydney's north-west.
Emergency crews were called to the site at Macquarie Park about 12.30pm after scaffolding and concrete collapsed, trapping two workers.
One worker was released from the rubble and taken to Royal North Shore Hospital under a police escort.
The other man died at the scene.
Eight ambulances, plus police and fire and rescue crews, and the Care Flight helicopter were at the scene.
NSW Ambulance Acting Inspector Steven Vaughan said emergency workers arrived at "an absolutely chaotic and emotionally charged scene … given the nature of the debris, the location of where it occurred and just the emotional state of all those who wanted to help their colleagues."
"It took some time to ascertain what had happened," he said.
"They were able to treat and stabilise one of those patients who has since been transported to Royal North Shore in a critical condition."
Rescuers struggled to free the other man among the twisted pile of piping.
The work was slow and delicate due to the risk of a further collapse.
"We're working slowly and methodically and taking the advice of experts on scene that are trained in urban search and rescue to make sure that our paramedics and the other emergency services are safe," Acting Inspector Vaughan said.
Epping Road, where the high-rise residential apartments are being constructed, has been reduced to two lanes east-bound.
NSW Police said a crime scene had been established and the incident would be investigated by police from Ryde Police Area Command and SafeWork NSW officials.
A report will also be prepared for the coroner.
SafeWork said its inspectors were investigating the incident, but at this stage, the cause of the collapse was unknown.
The accident occurred at the site of the apartment development known as "nbh at Lachlan's Line" a $220 million residential development by Greenland Australia and mostly built by construction company Ganellen.
offered its sympathies over the death.
"This is clearly a tragic incident and Greenland would like to take this opportunity to extend its deepest condolences and sympathies to the individual's family, friends and co-workers," a statement said.
"Greenland has also been advised that another injured worker is currently receiving treatment in hospital but that all other workers on site have been safely accounted for.
"The welfare of the site's employees and subcontractors remains a priority, and we are currently assisting police and emergency authorities at the site to determine the cause of this tragic event."
Ganellen said in a statement it would continue to assist emergency authorities onsite.
The development is to feature a supermarket, medical centre and retail stores and is designed by architects Bates Smart.
A progress summary on Greenland's website, dated March, 2019, said the public was finally getting its first look at the building "with scaffolding coming down and facade works nearing completion".
It said the building was due for completion this year, with between 300 and 350 workers on site each day.