Irish man killed on Australian building site named as Joe McDermott

Joe McDermott
Joe McDermott

One of the men killed on a building site in Perth, Western Australia, has been named locally as Joe McDermott, 24, from Omagh.

A second man who died is thought to be from County Derry. 

Mr McDermott was a former employee of the Silverbirch Hotel and Tipplers pub.

Staff at the hotel took to Facebook, posting: "The Management and Staff of Tipplers would like to offer our sincere condolences to the McDermott family at the untimely death of Joseph (Hoss). Not only was he a colleague, he was a friend.

"To his many friends our thoughts and prayers are with you all. R.I.P. Hoss."

The men were crushed to death by a falling concrete slab at a worksite on Goderich and Bennett Streets in East Perth

Initially a Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said at least two people were trapped and three fire crews were on site assisting St John Ambulance.

The construction company, Jaxon, which was working on the site, has issued the following statement: 

"Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to the families, loved ones and colleagues of the two men involved in this tragic accident.

"Counselling support has been offered to all 52 employees and contractors who were on site today and also to JAXON’s wider workforce.

"JAXON has been in operation since 1958, and in 57 years had never experienced a fatality.

"Our workforce is grieving and our focus is on supporting the families and those affected. As a mark of respect, and to fully support our employees, all JAXON sites will be closed tomorrow.

"Safety is our highest priority. The accident is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the relevant Authorities and it would be premature to speculate or pre-empt the findings of the investigation.

"We are co-operating fully with The Coroner’s office and WorkSafe and will make further announcements as and when additional information becomes available."

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