Another construction worker has been injured in the Metronet Forrestfield-Airport Link project site, Australia. The 22-year-old worker suffered from a serious arm injury while working on the underground tunnel at Perth Airport on 15 December 2018 and was immediately transported to Royal Perth Hospital where he remains in a stable condition while waiting for surgery. Safe Work Australia, an Australian government statutory responsible to improve work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements, currently investigating this incident.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that construction workers have been injured in the new train link project. Previously, a 26-year-old worker suffered a serious head injury after being struck by a compressed air hose in July 2018 where he was winched to an open section of the tunnel and rushed to the hospital. In another workplace accident, a carpenter sustained a minor hand injury while working on the same tunnel in November 2018.
Last year, a worker suffered an electric shock when a crane hit power lines while work for the project was being carried out at Bayswater Train Station. The site was temporarily shut when a large sinkhole opened up near the Dundas Road site in September this year.
In response to this series of the accident, Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI) supports and reiterates the call from CFMEU to demand an independent safety audit to be carried out in the Forrestfield Airport Rail Link project site and to halt the work on until this safety audit been completed.
Source: The West Australian