Posted November 05, 2019 08:07:38 A Queensland construction worker has been left with broken bones after he was attacked by a construction crane operator.
The crane operator was charged with assaulting the worker and assaulting police, the Queensland Coroners and Justice Service said in a statement.
The Queensland Coroner’s Court heard the worker, aged in his 40s, was walking on the north-east corner of Macquarie Street when the crane operator, wearing a helmet, got into a scuffle with him.
The worker was taken to the nearby AEC, but he died shortly after being discharged.
The operator was also charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm and assault with intent to cause bodily harm.
Police said a 21-year-old man from Brisbane, aged 25, was arrested on Monday and is due to appear in court in November.
“This incident has unfortunately happened on our north-west corner and it’s regrettable,” Inspector Michael Brown of the Queensland Construction Industry Protection Agency said.
Mr Brown said it was unclear whether the crane’s operator had been involved in previous incidents.
Queensland Coronaries and Justice Minister Catherine King said the incident highlighted the need for a greater level of safety in the construction industry.
“I urge Queenslanders to be mindful of the construction crane and the construction work they do on their property and ensure their property is safe,” Ms King said.
“When you work on construction sites, it’s always important that you know where you are and what you’re doing.”
The Queensland Coronial Service would like to reassure anyone who may have experienced a crane operator in the past that this is an issue that needs to be addressed and that they are being trained and working closely with the authorities.
“Construction industry industry worker injured after being attacked by crane operator Queenland Construction Industry Union president Mark Scott said the union had been in contact with the Queensland Police, who were investigating the incident.
He said the worker’s family were worried about the worker because he was a skilled construction worker.”
We’ve been in touch with the family, and they are understandably concerned, because they’ve been very concerned about this, particularly because they’re not familiar with this sort of activity,” Mr Scott said.