A man has died while working in the roof space of a unit block at Manly.

Just before 3.15pm this afternoon (Thursday, 28 March), emergency services responded to a report of a serious workplace injury in the roof space of a unit block at Victoria Parade, Manly.

Arriving on scene, they found an unresponsive man in his 30s who had suffered serious burns in what is understood to have been an electrocution. Informed the roof space in which the man was working was contaminated by asbestos, access to the man was extremely limited.

Worker dies in roof at Manly

Firefighters from Manly and Narrabeen Stations in breathing apparatus entered the roof of the three-storey apartment building and gave the man CPR, but additional emergency services were prevented from coming into the roof space because of asbestos contamination. Ausgrid was also called to disconnect power to the premises.

Five NSW Ambulance crews responded to the scene, including Special Operations Paramedics and NSW Ambulance Inspector Andrew Wood. Firefighters informed paramedics the man had sustained catastrophic injuries and was unable to be revived.

Worker dies in roof at Manly

Two Special Operations Paramedics suited up in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and masks before making their way into the contaminated roof space. There they assessed the man for additional resuscitation efforts but confirmed that he had died as a result of catastrophic injuries.

A Toll NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter that had been tasked to Manly from Bankstown with a critical care medical team on board was stood down when the man was confirmed to be deceased.

Worker dies in roof at Manly

Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command established a crime scene and contacted SafeWork NSW.

The man is yet to be formally identified, and plain-clothes detectives were observed arriving at the Victoria Parade address to commence inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

Worker dies in roof at Manly

It is understood NSW Police will be preparing a report for the information of the Coroner, and inquiries are ongoing.

Images: Luke Gavahan

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