Worker says deck collapse was not a construction flaw

UPDATE: Another worker has dismissed claims of safety issues and construction flaws at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital site after a deck collapsed this morning.

Initially it was reported the deck collapsed due a construction fault however we have since been informed the collapse was caused by a worker which drove a pallet jack into it.

"One of the workers ran into an acro prop which holds the deck up with a pallet jack he was pulling," the worker said.

"This knocked the bottom of the deck out. It was definitely not a structual issue."

The worker said he had little concerns about the construction or the safety of the building. "It's a very quality constructed building."

EARLIER: Workers have been told not to come back to work until next Tuesday after a deck collapsed on the site of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital this morning.

The workers were told to stop work after the incident happened about 7.30am.

it's believed about 500 workers were on site at the time.

One worker who was on site at the time said he was 'shocked and surprised' when it happened.

"There were a few men on top of it at the time and a lot who were pretty close to it," he said.

"It's a fairly large deck, there's about a 6m hole in the middle of it. The steel framing just collapsed."

Workplace Health and Safety were investigating the issue.

The project is overseen by the State Government and Lend Lease.

One worker said there were concerns prior to the collapse for the safety of staff on site.

"There are a lot of issues that get swept under," he said.

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