06:15 pm, Tuesday 27 March, 2007
Article from: AAP
A BUILDER has died in hospital after falling through the roof of a pergola he was constructing in the Victorian city of Bendigo.
The man, aged in his late 50s from the Bendigo suburb of Eaglehawk, fell through the pergola’s plastic sheet roof to the ground at a property at nearby Epsom about 1pm (AEST) today.
He later died in hospital.
The man’s death takes Victoria’s workplace death toll to 11, up from five at the same time last year.
Four of this year’s deaths were in the construction industry, WorkSafe executive director John Merritt said.
Of the 41 workplace deaths since the beginning of last year, 11 were in the construction industry, he said.
“Planning a safe work site does not take long or add significant cost,” he said.
“Most importantly it protects workers, workmates and families the horror of a tragedy. It protects business.
“In small businesses, the injured person often is the business. They own it; they do the work alongside others.”