Otago Daily Times

Perth roof collapse kills one


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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