08:01 am, Tuesday 21 September, 2010
The Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) program has been under fire from a trade union following the death of a glazier in a Melbourne primary school.
He suffered head injuries from the 18-metre fall, which proved to be fatal.
Early reports indicate the work platform tipped over when the ground under the equipment subsided.
Leo Skourdoumbis of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union had alleged some construction companies had gone into the BER program “to make a quick buck”.
He said they’ve had several issues with the construction firm running the project in Melbourne.
According to Mr Skourdoumbis, they wanted a safety representative on every building site. However, the company had not entertained their request.
He noted that a safety representative might have noticed any safety irregularities on the site that would have prevented the fatal accident.
A spokeswoman for the company said they were “deeply saddened” by the man’s death. However, she declined to comment on the allegations of the union.
“As this is an open investigation we cannot provide any additional information at this time.”
She said the company is cooperating with WorkSafe to find out the cause of the incident.