Otago Daily Times

Perth roof col­lapse kills one

- Incidents · Architecture · Arts · Perth · Curtin University of Technology · Royal Perth Hospital · Bentley · Western Australia

PERTH: An ap­pren­tice has died and an­other worker has been se­ri­ously in­jured af­ter a build­ing un­der con­struc­tion par­tially col­lapsed at Perth's Curtin Uni­ver­sity.

The 23­year­old man and an­other worker fell more than 20m when a metal struc­ture sup­port­ing the build­ing's glass roof col­lapsed yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

The sec­ond man was se­ri­ously in­jured and was un­der­stood to be un­der­go­ing surgery at Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal.

A third worker in­side the build­ing at the uni­ver­sity's Bent­ley cam­pus was also in­jured af­ter fall­ing about 10m. His con­di­tion was un­known but he was con­scious and able to speak.

Both in­jured men are in their 20s.

A con­struc­tion ve­hi­cle was also crushed by the col­laps­ing de­bris.

WA Po­lice Com­man­der Mike Bell said au­thor­i­ties were yet to de­ter­mine what caused the roof to sud­denly give way.

The build­ing is be­lieved to be the School of De­sign and the Built En­vi­ron­ment. It is part of the Ex­change precinct, which com­bines stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion and a bou­tique ho­tel with teach­ing spa­ces. — AAP

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