A man has died after being crushed when scaffolding and concrete collapsed at a high school in Sydney’s Inner West.
NSW Police said the man was found trapped under stones after scaffolding at a building site at Fort Street High School, Petersham, collapsed before 11.30am Friday.
Paramedics confirmed the man could not be resuscitated and he died at the scene.
He is yet to be formally identified.
Fire and Rescue NSW Adam Dewberry said it will be a “complex operation to recover the person”.
“It’s likely we’re going to have to use a crane to start lifting off some of the debris,” Dewberry said.
Dewberry added it has left co-workers at the site distraught and students were kept away from the scene.
The concrete that fell on the man appeared to be part of one of the school’s buildings.
“It seems to be a part of the building has come down and it’s still unclear exactly what it is,” he said.
“It’s a significant piece, it’s on an elevated position, it is heavy and that’s why we need the crane in that removal.”
The school was open at the time of the incident but it is unclear if students or staff witnessed the incident, Dewberry said.
A crime scene has been established and Safe Work NSW has been notified.