An eighteen-year-old apprentice has died at a building site in Macquarie Park after a scaffolding collapse.
Emergency crews were called to the scene at 12:30 PM on Monday after the fifteen-metre scaffolding structure collapsed, killing the teenager and injuring a 39-year-old man who was taken to Royal North Shore in a critical condition.
NSW Ambulance Acting Inspector Steven Vaughan labelled the scene as ‘chaotic’ and ‘emotional’ as Cassaniti’s parents had arrived before the situation had been fully understood by emergency crews.
Christopher Cassaniti, a formwork apprentice, had celebrated his eighteenth birthday just weeks earlier.
Given the nature of the accident, the 18-year-old was unable to be freed in time as emergency crews attempted to avoid another collapse. A 39-year-old was eventually freed from the rubble.
Joe Cassaniti’s uncle released a statement after the death describing him as a ‘gentle, kind, and young man [that was] full of life, and love for his family.’
‘While nothing can bring him back, we don’t want his death to be just another statistic’
‘We ask that the government step in and take immediate action’ He said.
The collapse has sparked fresh complaints regarding the standard and compliance of scaffolding requirements after more than 100 scaffolding related breaches were recorded last year by the NSW watchdog.