Con­trac­tor dies af­ter freak drill in­ci­dent

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

A MAN, 34, has choked to death in a freak work­site ac­ci­dent at Oakhurst on Fri­day morn­ing.

The Berke­ley man, be­lieved to be a fa­ther-of-two, died about 9.30am af­ter his cloth­ing be­came trapped in a drill he was op­er­at­ing at the Florence St site.

Po­lice said it is be­lieved that when the man started the drill, his cloth­ing be­came caught and he was dragged into the drill.

It ap­pears the man choked as a re­sult of his cloth­ing be­ing pulled tightly around his neck, po­lice said.

The man was an en­vi­ron­men­tal engi­neer sub­con­tracted to work at the Black­town Coun­cil con­struc­tion site drilling for soil sam­ples.

Fire and Res­cue NSW and po­lice re­sponded to calls for help but the man could not be saved.

Vis­i­bly dis­traught work­ers left the site in tears.

A po­lice foren­sic team and WorkCover of­fi­cers spent hours ex­am­in­ing the site and a re­port was be pre­pared for the Coro­ner. They have ruled out any foul play and have la­belled the in­ci­dent as a tragic ac­ci­dent.

The man’s body and his white ute were later re­moved from the scene.

Po­lice have not re­leased the man’s name but con­firmed his fam­ily were no­ti­fied soon af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

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