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Worker Crushed By Shipping Container In Front Of Colleagues

A man has been killed in Sydney's south-east after being crushed between two shipping containers at a worksite in Port Botany.

Emergency services were called to a shipping container yard just before 10:30 am on Wednesday where they found a man in a critical condition with traumatic injuries to his whole body.

Bystanders and shocked witnesses rushed to give the man CPR until specialist paramedics arrived to take over, but sadly he could not be saved.

NSW Ambulance Inspector Darren Hull said a chaplain was called to the worksite to comfort workers and witnesses.

"Paramedics are being supported through an official debrief because it was such a traumatic job," Hull said.

A second man was later transported to hospital for "severe shock".

Hull said the man was one of the witnesses who administered CPR.

"A lot of his friends [were] around, distraught, and also trying to perform CPR on him so it was very traumatic for them," Hull said.

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A witness at the scene told reporters that the man who was killed was a father and had worked in the industry for a long time.

The visibly emotional worker said he was good friends with the man and had last spoken to him that morning.

"I'm not sure what happened," he said through tears.

Another witness described him as a "very good man".

Lou Wehipeihana, a colleague, told 10 News First he was "one of the hardest, cheekiest and loyal workers."

He never missed a day of work, even turned up to work when he was really sick.

On Wednesday, container logistics operator TYNE - ACFS said one of its workers was fatally injured on its Port Botany Site.

The company said it would be assisting police and SafeWork NSW in their investigations.

"Our sincere condolences go to the family, friends and work colleagues of our well-liked and respected employee," a statement from the company said.

"We are doing all we can to support his family and our workforce."

The company said it was assisting NSW Police and SafeWork with their inquiries.

A spokesperson for SafeWork NSW said it was investigating after a worker sustained fatal crush injuries between two containers

The man's death is the fifth workplace fatality in Sydney in just the last five weeks.

According to SafeWork, there have been 111 worker deaths across the country in 2019 alone, 9 more than in the same time last year.

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