A woman heard screams of pain before a man was found dead at
a neglected northern Sydney construction site that, according
to a large union, has dodgy security fencing and inadequate
Emergency services found the 34-year-old Victorian man, who
had fallen about five metres to his death, when they were
called to the building site in Clarke Lane at Crows Nest
about 6.30am (AEST) on Saturday.
The man had been out with his family, who found him lifeless
on the ground and raised the alarm.
Investigators are linking the early morning death to
Detectives and a WorkCover inspector were at the scene on
Saturday afternoon assessing the spot, among building debris
and concrete rubble, where the man fell to his death.
Kate Vanderfield, who lives across from the building site,
said she heard loud male voices.
"About 6.15am I heard arguing, I heard a very aggressive guy
swearing and blaspheming and everything," she said.
"Then I heard this other guy that was crying.
"About 6.30 I saw the ambulances down there so something must
Police, however, say there is no evidence of a domestic
incident preceding the man's death.
Ms Vanderfield said she heard cried of pain and cries for
"At 6:15 I was thinking about ringing police but I looked
down and saw the security guard that was there and he seemed
to have everything under control," she said.
A Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU)
truck is parked outside the deserted building site and Ms
Vanderfield said there's a union picket line near the site
Police Inspector Craig Thorp said the man was not an employee
working at the construction site or linked to the CFMEU.
But CFMEU officials have inspected the site, raising concerns
about non-compliant fencing and inadequate safety warnings.
"It appeared site perimeter fencing was not erected to
standard, gaps were visible in the fence line and there was
no signage warning the public over accessing the construction
site," CFMEU NSW secretary Brian Parker said.
"It is believed the man accessed the site and climbed onto
machinery and fell to his death."
Construction of the residential and retail development on the
site, which faces the Pacific Highway, stopped about five
months ago and Mr Parker said the CFMEU held protests outside
"over $25 million in unpaid debts owing to sub contractors."
"We would hope (the developer) has not taken shortcuts with
its perimeter fencing and site security in a bid to cut
costs," Mr Parker said.