Man Killed by Container at Australian Port

September 25, 2019 Updated: September 25, 2019

A man has been crushed to death by a shipping container at Port Botany—the latest in a spate of workplace fatalities in Sydney.

Shipping containers are stacked seven-high
Shipping containers are stacked seven-high at Port Botany in Sydney, 19 Dec. 2007, (Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)

NSW Ambulance Inspector Darren Hull said paramedics were being given counselling, and a chaplain was comforting workers and witnesses, after what he described as a “traumatic” incident on the morning of Sept. 25.

Emergency crews were called to the site just before 10:30 a.m., but the worker, believed to be in his 50s, died at the scene.

“CPR was given by bystanders, this was taken over by specialist paramedics, but unfortunately the patient could not be revived,” Inspector Hull said.

SafeWork is investigating the accident.

The man is the fifth worker to have been killed in Sydney in the past five weeks.

On Sept. 11, a 30-year-old worker died after his head became trapped in machinery at a St. Mary’s pallet factory, while a 40-year-old man died on September 7 when he was sucked into a woodchipper in Lindfield.

On Aug. 28 a 49-year-old man died after falling from a ladder at a Pendle Hill worksite on August 28, and a 38-year-old man died at a Jordan Springs construction site after falling five floors down a ventilation shaft on August 21.