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The Victorian WorkCover Authority is investigating the death of a worker who was crushed when a wall collapsed during strong winds in Brighton East last week.

It is believed the man was standing next to the brick wall, which was under construction, when it collapsed on him. The man died at the scene.

WorkCover’s executive director of health and safety, Len Neist, described the incident as “tragic”.

In a media statement following the incident, Neist urged builders to take precautions during windy days, saying builders must ensure “partially completed buildings and structures are well supported. Brick, block and concrete walls should be adequately braced until work is completed.”

He also noted the dangers of flying debris.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the deaths of two workers on the Stena Clyde mobile offshore drilling unit on 27 August 2012 has been handed to Commonwealth prosecutors.

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has been investigating the deaths.

In mid-June, NOPSEMA announced it had submitted a brief of evidence to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) in April. The CDPP is deciding whether to prosecute.

For more details visit WorkCover and NOPSEMA.

Published on 3 July 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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