Wednesday, June 19, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Fatal Fall At Marian Bridge

A 73-year-old man tragically died after falling approximately 10 meters from a bridge in Marian early Friday morning. The Mackay Regional Council contractor was working at the site when the accident occurred.
It was reported that the man was on shift early in the morning, when it is believed he fell between the gap of the George L Vickers bridge, which separates the railway line and road, with his body being discovered around 3am.
Mackay Regional Council CEO Scott Owen confirmed the sad news, acknowledging the death of a council contractor. He expressed that it was a sombre day for everyone at the council, and their thoughts were with the man's family, friends, and colleagues.
Mr. Owen stated that support was being offered to council staff affected by the incident.
Additionally, the CEO sent out a safety message video to all council staff following the tragedy. While the video was prompted by the incident, its contents focused on general safety measures rather than this specific workplace death.
The exact details of the incident are still under investigation. Police have stated that the death is not suspicious, and a report will be prepared for the coroner. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland arrived on-site later in the day to assist police with their investigation.

The George L Vickers bridge, where a 73-year-old council contractor tragically fell to his death early Friday morning. Photo credit: Amanda Wright

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