A man tragically died yesterday after a 200kg server fell on him while being unloaded from the back of a truck at transport company AirRoad in Laverton North, Victoria.
"It appears the man was helping others unload a large computer server from the back of a truck," said Ambulance Victoria clinical support officer Mark Lamb, in a statement. "The equipment has started to slip from a forklift and it appears that the man has tried to stop it. It has then fallen on him and he has suffered critical head and chest injuries."
The man's colleagues started giving him cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before the advanced life support paramedics arrived, Lamb said. "We have taken over once on scene but sadly, despite everybody's best efforts, the man has died at the scene," he concluded.
A spokesperson for Victorian workplace safety agency WorkSafe told AAP the server weighed 200kg and fell from a height of two metres. It was resting on castors, not on a pallet, the spokesperson said.
There were 250 reported workplace accidents involving forklifts in Victoria in 2007-08, the most recent period for which WorkSafe has complied statistics.