WorkSafe Vic: Second young tradesman dies in less than seven hours

Source: WorkSafe Vic Update September 3rd 2013

A 25-year-old electrician died while working on a house renovation in the Gippsland town of Yallourn North last week.

The man was working in the kitchen of a private residence when he was electrocuted. WorkSafe investigators attended the scene and are investigating the circumstances around the incident.

The man's death occurred less than seven hours after a floor collapsed at a building site in Caulfield South, killing a 20-year-old worker.

WorkSafe Chief Executive, Denise Cosgrove, said the deaths of the two young workers were a terrible tragedy.
"Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of the two young men who passed away," Cosgrove said.

"This tragic news highlights the importance of keeping safety a top priority in all workplaces at all times."

Yesterday's incidents take the number of workplace fatalities in Victoria this year to 12.

[ Courtesy: WorkSafe Victoria]