Contractor killed in crane accident on Darlington Road upgrade in Adelaide

A man died in a crane accident while working on the Darlington roadworks in Adelaide.

Emergency services were called to the construction site just after 9.40pm on Tuesday after the 35-year-old contractor was run over by a crane.

The man died at the scene.

Work at the site was suspended as SafeWork SA and police investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union (CFMEU) state secretary Aaron Cartledge said the incident highlighted the dangers that construction workers face at night.

“What we do know is it was a 25-tonne tractor crane. They were transporting some of the concrete jersey barriers they use between the road and the worksite,” he was quoted by ABC as saying.

“The worker has been between those concrete barriers and the front of the crane and somehow in that process, he’s ended up going underneath the crane.”

He said lighting and fatigue have always been a concern for the union.

“It always adds to the risk when workers are working in the darkness and how you manage that between traffic and these sort of hazards – so we have always got concerns about night work,” said Mr. Cartledge.

“We know it is necessity to minimise problems with traffic but it does increase the risk.”

The Department of Planning, Transport, and Infrastructure said conselling has been offered to all site workers.

“Counselling is being offered to all site workers,” the statement read.

“Our thoughts are with the family and colleagues of the worker.”

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