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Cranes Grounded After Death At Melbourne Worksite

Safety notices will be issued for 80 cranes across Melbourne after a man died and another was critically injured in an incident on a Melbourne worksite.

The two men were submerged in concrete when a tub fell from a crane on a building site on Whitehorse Road at Box Hill on Thursday afternoon.

One man died at the scene and his 28-year-old Caroline Springs colleague was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with critical head, chest, pelvic and abdominal injuries.

A third man was treated for minor injuries in the incident that has left the crane driver, colleagues and those who rushed to help traumatised.

CFMEU state secretary John Setka said the incident involved Clarke Cranes, the same company involved in a crane collapse in Richmond in June.

A union spokesman told AAP the company would be issued with safety notices halting the operation of cranes across 80 sites until they've all been inspected.

A Clarke Cranes representative declined to comment.

The union has also organised counselling for workers at the site when the incident occurred, as well as those who rushed from nearby to assist with the rescue effort.

Intensive care paramedic Gary Robertson said it had been a particularly tragic event and the crane driver and workers were incredibly traumatised.

"We've got three men that were hit by this load that came loose. Unfortunately one has lost is life, which has been particularly traumatic," he said.

That man was submerged in the concrete and trapped under "a fair amount of weight".

Workers managed to free the critically injured man.

"Thankfully ... they were able to at least get him out of that part, which will actually have saved his life, given him a chance," he said.

Seven people have died on Victorian construction sites this year.


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