A 23-year-old worker has been killed and two others were seriously injured after a glass roof collapsed at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. According to 9 News, Jonnie Hartshorn, an apprentice, was sealing panels on the glass ceiling between university buildings when it collapsed suddenly.
WA police commander Mike Bell confirmed to the news station that Hartshorn was on the fifth-floor roof while the other two men were on a scaffold structure when the collapse occurred. The Guardian reports that Hartshorn fell approximately 65 feet to the ground.
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The cause of the collapse has not yet been determined. However, CFMEU state secretary Mick Buchan told The Guardian he had been made aware after the incident that there had been issues with “deflection in the structural steel.”
“Those issues were addressed by structural engineers … [but] I understand that there were some concerns,” he said.