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Worker crushed to death by a container in Sydney in horror workplace accident

Worker is crushed to death by a container in a horrific accident at an industrial site leaving his colleagues traumatised

  • Worker is fighting for his life after being crushed by a container at site
  • Emergency crews were called to worksite in Port Botany, Sydney on Wednesday
  • Male worker aged in his 50s is being treated at site in a critical condition 

A worker is fighting for his life after he was crushed by a container at an industrial site. 

Emergency crews were called to to the Australian Container Freight Service worksite in Port Botany, in south-eastern Sydney, at about 10.20am on Wednesday.

The male worker, aged in his 50s, is in a critical condition. Police and ambulance are at the scene.

Emergency crews were called to to the Australian Container Freight Service worksite in Port Botany, in south-eastern Sydney, at about 10.20am on Wednesday

NSW Ambulance Zone Manager Jordan Emery told the Daily Telegraph that five crews, including a medical retrieval team, are at the scene.

He said a chaplain had also been called in to support staff who had been traumatised by the accident. 

A police spokeswoman said SafeWork NSW had been notified of the incident. 

The incident comes just weeks after Matthew Spann was crushed to death when his head got stuck in the machine at Forrest Road in St Mary’s in Sydney’s west. 

One of his four children, Isabella, told 7news the laws surrounding workplace safety need to change.

‘No one should have to feel the pain that I’m feeling,’ the Year 6 student said, adding that the scourge of workplace deaths ‘has to be stopped.’

The male worker, aged in his 50s, is in a critical condition. Police and ambulance are at the scene

The male worker, aged in his 50s, is in a critical condition. Police and ambulance are at the scene

She was looking forward to a momentous occasion for every child finishing primary school – walking into her formal with her father.

Now she said it will be a hard moment for her.

Mr Spann was underneath the pallet machine when another employee gave instructions to turn the device on slowly, according to details from the WorkSafe investigation obtained by 7 News.

In response to an increase in workplace accidents the NSW state government will announce safety reforms in October, according to the publication.

Matthew Spann (pictured) was crushed to death when his head got stuck in a machine in Sydney's west at 5.40am on Wednesday

Matthew Spann (pictured) was crushed to death when his head got stuck in a machine in Sydney’s west at 5.40am on Wednesday

In March this year Christopher Cassanti, 18, died when nine storeys of scaffolding fell on top of hi at a semi-completed block of flats in Macquarie Park in Sydney’s west. 

His body was found in rubble a short time later as his parents arrived at the scene.

Australian Container Freight Service chose not to comment when contacted by Daily Mail Australia. 

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