'My Brother's Down There': Workers Rushed To Save Trapped Men In Scaffolding Collapse
Video has emerged of the moment workers on a Sydney construction site where scaffolding collapsed realised their colleagues were in trouble.
Initially, workers can be seen standing back from the scaffolding in the aftermath of the collapse. The vision, which appeared to be taken by a worker on a phone, shows the men looking at each other in shock.
But, then one worker started running towards the collapsed framework, and then another and then one more. Before long, dozens of workers were amongst the rumble trying to free 18-year-old Christopher Cassaniti and his 39-year-old colleague who were both trapped.
Workers can be seen trying to move the poles and bars of the scaffolding. Some were shouting orders, while others formed supply-like lines to move the heavy frames one-by-one.
Police were at the heart of the chaotic scene, directing workers to stay back from the building.
Officers were met by frustrated calls from the workers with one yelling, "f**king do something".
"My brother's down there," another yelled as a police officer tried to explain how they planned to let paramedics access the scene before the two men could be rescued.
Eight ambulances, plus police, fire crews, and a Care Flight helicopter quickly arrived at the scene. Work to free the pair was painstakingly slow to avoid further collapse from the pile of pipes.
Emergency personnel managed to free a 39-year-old worker from the rubble. He was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital under police escort in a critical condition.
Christopher Cassaniti, an 18-year-old formwork apprentice, was unable to be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The ABC reports the 18-year-old's mother was operating the coffee canteen around the site and arrived at the scene in less than five minutes.
The residential development by Greenland Australia is set to be worth $220 million and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. There's usually between 300 and 350 workers on the site each day.
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