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Truckie, 19, crushed to death

The scene where a 19-year-old man was killed at a construction site at Westside Christian College in Goodna yesterday.
The scene where a 19-year-old man was killed at a construction site at Westside Christian College in Goodna yesterday. Sarah Harvey

A 19-YEAR-OLD man was crushed to death by a crane while working on the expansion of Goodna's Westside Christian College.

The man had been driving a Mack prime mover with a load of treated logs and was using a small crane mounted on the trailer to unload the 10m-long pieces of timber.

Police said the man was working on his own at the time and that nobody had witnessed the fatal incident, however other people working on the site discovered the teenager's body about 8.40am.

Officers from the police forensic crash unit and Queensland Workplace Health and Safety

were called in to begin investigations into exactly how the accident happened.

Ipswich district duty officer Senior Sergeant Bob Phillips said a report would be prepared for the Coroner.

"It appears as though the man has somehow become stuck in between the boom of the crane and the rear frame of the truck," Snr Sgt Phillips said.

"There were no witnesses but we believe it was a short period of time in between when the incident occurred and when he was found."

The deceased man, who was engaged to be married, had been working for Maryborough transport company Richers Transport, as a sub-contractor on the worksite.

Richers Transport managing director Graham Richers said the man had worked for the company for nine months as a heavy vehicle driver.

"We are all deeply saddened by the event, and our heartfelt thoughts are with his fiancee and his family," Mr Richers said.

The construction project to expand the primary campus of Westside Christian College has been going on for several months.

The worksite is on a large flat area, formerly used as a sports oval, adjacent to Stuart St at Goodna.

All work stopped for several hours yesterday as investigations commenced.

School principal Chris Meadows said his heart went out to the Maryborough man's family.

"It's a tragedy for this man and his family - he went to work and didn't come home," Mr Meadows said.

Topics:  accident death goodna westside christian college



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