Man killed on NBN site in NSW

Man killed on NBN site in NSW

Summary: NBN Co has confirmed that a man has been killed while on a National Broadband Network site in NSW.

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A 57-year-old man has been killed on a National Broadband Network (NBN) site on the New South Wales south coast, NBN Co has confirmed.

Emergency services were called to the site at about 11.30am (AEST) on Friday after reports that a man had been hit by a truck, an ambulance spokeswoman told AAP.

The man had been working for a concreting company at a nearby house and got trapped between his firm's truck and a second truck operated by NBN Co, the Kiama Independent reported.

Police said the Lake Heights man had been getting something from the back of his company's truck when an unaccompanied learner driver got into a second truck parked immediately behind.

When the second truck's engine started, the vehicle lurched forward, pinning the man between the vehicles.

Despite attempts at CPR until paramedics arrived, the man died at the scene.

The 20-year-old male driver of the second truck was taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

NBN Co has confirmed the incident and is working with its contractor to assist the police in their investigations.

Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said he was deeply saddened by the loss of life.

"The thoughts of the government are with the family and friends of the deceased, and those involved in this shocking tragedy," Senator Conroy said in a statement.

"The government will closely monitor the outcomes of the investigations that are now under way."

Topics: NBN, Australia

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  • Sad

    For the worker and especially his family, not forgetting his co-workers who were there at the time
    Abel Adamski
    • eh? It was a worker? One other report said that an "elderly man" (also said he was 56) was crushed but did not mention he was a worker.
      Hubert Cumberdale
      • Actually

        He was an employee of a Concreting Co at the back of their truck, a unsupervised learner driver in the NBN truck parked behind jerked the vehicle forwards crushing him.
        Should never have happened
        Abel Adamski
        • I see. Thanks for clearing that up.
          Hubert Cumberdale
  • Condolences...

    Let's hope no one tries to make cheap political points out of this tragedy :(
    RS-ef540
    • Yeah, you wouldn't want to ask questions

      Like contractor pay, poor material handling and low safety standards.

      Not like these issues have been much talked about over NBNCos history; couldn't possibly be any connection.

      Unaccompanied learner driver crushes man in workplace accident; still nothing to see.
      Richard Flude
      • Let's hope no one tries to make cheap political points out of this tragedy

        But alas :(
        RS-ef540
  • Ahw C'Mon RS

    I'm sure you knew Fluddy would react before you even wrote your last post. ;-). No shame.

    As RS said. Condolences. The whole thing about learner drivers is that they should not drive unaccompanied. I hope people (especially learner drivers) take notice and realize cars are weapons in the untrained hands.
    Ramrunner-5dd3e
  • Ahw C'Mon RS

    I'm sure you knew Fluddy would react before you even wrote your last post. ;-). No shame.

    As RS said. Condolences. The whole thing about learner drivers is that they should not drive unaccompanied. I hope people (especially learner drivers) take notice and realize cars are weapons in the untrained hands.
    Ramrunner-5dd3e
    • Yes...

      ... sadly, the expected and inevitable outcome, came to fruition Ramrunner :(

      Seems even tragedy isn't out of bounds for a few, when it comes to deriding the NBN.
      RS-ef540
      • Should turn away

        Issues at NBNCo are all political according to the fanboys.

        An avoidable tragedy can't be commented on; debate again restricted by the self appointed moral authorities.

        Your condolences mean little; just words.
        Richard Flude
        • "just words"

          Noted;-)
          Hubert Cumberdale
        • Oh dear...

          Our condolences are genuine, whereas your heartlessness (due to your ideological and financial crusade) speaks for itself.

          Much like when you (via your friend the straw man) asked would Mr Banton had survived he asbestosis had Tony Abbot met with him...

          Disgraceful, just how low will you go?
          RS-ef540
          • "Our condolences are genuine"

            I believe you RS. However to be frank I don't think this wont end up being political. You just know the coalition clowns will end up using this tragedy against NBNco in some way. It is the same kind of depravity that we saw when Abbott used the Queensland floods as an excuse to take a jab at NBNco then. He seems to have gone silent on that issue and wants to use 30+ billion taxpayers dollars for his FttN plan rather than for any natural disasters that may occur in the future. That is very curious. Hypocrisy defined;-)
            Hubert Cumberdale
        • Poor Effort Richard

          I expected a more callous & pungent response such as linking it to Killer Pink Batts etc
          grump-a1eeb
  • Sshh

    Yeah, the best way to fix a problem is to pretend it doesn't exist.
    Pete_112
    • Better yet

      Refuse to acknowledge the existence of the problem; write inane platitudes claiming great compassion.
      Richard Flude
      • Or the WORST...

        DGAF and show no common decency towards a tragically killed Aussie and/or those who suffer/died from asbestosis, simply to push one's own ideological and greedy financial crusade.

        Absolutely disgraceful.
        RS-ef540
        • You pathetic little man

          You brought up Banton, making it directly political. Abbott's meeting him would have made no difference.

          Asbestos concern is best expressed by those looking to limit the damage and ensure proper care is take. Words are cheap, then again many like RS it's all they have lacking anything else to make an actual contribution.
          Richard Flude
  • Well...

    Pathetic little man?

    Meeting Abbott was to ask for cheaper medication for others as Mr Banton knew his days were sadly, numbered.

    Again, I know it a foreign concept to you, doing something unselfishly, for somoene else.
    RS-ef540