Construction workers have been charged after a crane fell from a roof in south-east Queensland.
Key points:The crane was attached to the roof of the home where a woman died and her husband died in the accidentA fire department spokeswoman says they are investigating whether it was caused by smokeThe fire department says they were told by contractors the crane would not be allowed to go up to the top of the house.
The woman, whose name was not released, was killed and her partner, who was not injured, suffered minor injuries.
The fire brigade said in a statement that they were called to the home on a report of a collapsed crane and were told it was a failure of the crane, which was attached at the top to the house by a small ladder.
They were told the crane was not permitted to go higher than the roof, the statement said.
They said a crew member saw smoke rising from the top floor and immediately went to the balcony to investigate.
“When they went down the balcony, they discovered the crane had fallen from the roof and the ladder had been ripped off,” a fire brigade spokesperson said.
“A fire crew member and an assistant were also injured.”
The fire crew was able to safely access the home through the front door and found the home uninhabitable.
“They said the woman died on the balcony from a chest injury.
The home is in the suburb of Pahrump.
The family of the deceased woman, who is not being identified, did not want their identity revealed, the spokesperson said, but said the man’s injuries were minor.”
They are devastated by this tragedy,” the statement added.”
We are in the process of getting a medical report.
“This is a tragic accident, we are fully cooperating with the police and the coroner.”
No charges were laid against the contractors, who did not return calls.
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