A young worker died as a result of injuries sustained in a workplace accident at Matraville in Sydney on the 27th April 2013. The 23 year old Blacktown man was working at a business at Matraville when he was crushed between his stand up rider forklift and the framework inside the freezer. The worker became wedged between the forklift and the framework. The incident occurred at 1.30 p.m. but the man was not found and assisted until 2.45 p.m. It then took rescue services approximately one hour to free the man from the freezer. He was taken to St George Hospital in a critical condition but died at 6.30 a.m. on Sunday morning. WorkCover are investigating the accident.
This accident serves as a reminder that constant vigilance is needed, particularly when working around forklifts or in isolated and dangerous circumstances.
The deceased man’s family have statutory benefits under the NSW Workers Compensation Act under Section 25 and if there is fault or negligence on the part of the employer then the man’s family and dependents will have a claim under the Compensation to Relatives Act (NSW) for the financial detriment they have suffered as a result of the worker’s death.