Posted April 07, 2018 14:10:31A cable deck has fallen onto the ground floor of a building in Melbourne’s west.
Key points:A man is trapped on the deck of the apartment block after a cable collapsed at the ground levelThe woman who died was not wearing a life jacketThe man was taken to hospital but died hours laterThe woman died after she fell on the cable deck while trying to retrieve items from the rubbleThe woman was wearing a Life Jacket and was not carrying a life vest.
Emergency services were called to the building in the city’s west about 10:45am on Sunday (AEDT) on a report of a person who had fallen on a cable.
“The woman had been in the building for about 30 minutes and had been carrying items off the ground and had fallen onto a cable,” a spokesperson for the fire and emergency services said.
“At that time, she was conscious and alert and had taken some items off to retrieve them.”
The woman’s injuries were not life-threatening and she was taken by ambulance to St Vincent’s Hospital, where she died about an hour later.
Her partner was not injured.
“She was wearing her Life Jacket which she had picked up from the floor of the building,” a fire service spokesperson said.
Police have yet to make an arrest in the woman’s death.
“It is believed the woman was unaware of the damage to the structure and therefore did not recognise the cable,” the spokesperson said, adding she was wearing “a Life Jacket” and carrying items “on the ground”.
The apartment block where the incident occurred is owned by a Chinese company, but is owned separately by a group of Australian developers.
In a statement to News.
Com.au, the developer said: “We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident.
We are extremely disappointed that this woman’s life was taken in vain as a result of this cable failure.
The family of the deceased is extremely distressed at the loss of her life.
We have taken the appropriate measures to prevent this from happening in the future.”