One dead, two injured in accident at a construction site at Curtin University, Perth


The glass roof of a building under construction (Building 418) at the Bentley campus of Curtin University, Perth, collapsed. Multiple emergency crews, including ambulance and DFES personnel, were called to the scene. One person, a 23 year old worker, died and two others in their 20s were injured, one of them seriously. They plummetted 20 meters from the fifth floor and were trapped by cascading glass. Firefighters had to free the two injured men from the rubble. They are at Royal Perth Hospital for treatment. One man is fighting for his life in a critical condition after surgery, and the other man is in a stable condition. If the accident had happened five minutes earlier there would have been probably 15 to 20 people working in that area.


The incident happened shortly before 1pm. The building is part of an $110 million project that will include a hotel, student accomodation with 1,000 beds and shops. Construction began in 2019 and is due for completion next year. Curtin University said in a statement no staff or students had been affected by the accident.WorkSafe investigators are at the scene. The cause of that collapse is yet to be determined. Students received a text message to warn them to stay away from the area. More than 100 workers have been evacuated.