Man killed during ship fall

A MAN died yesterday in a fall while doing maintenance work on a ship docked in the Port of Newcastle.

Police Inspector Darryn Cox said it appeared that the 50-year-old Hamilton man fell a considerable distance from an elevated platform.

He had been repairing metal inside an empty hold of the grain bulk carrier when the incident happened about 8.30am.

NSW Ambulance Service paramedics were called to the dock at Carrington following the man’s fall.

Inspector Cox said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Inspector Cox added the man was a land-based worker and not a member of the ship’s crew.

WorkCover is investigating and the government authority’s representatives attended the scene yesterday.

A Newcastle Port Corporation spokesman said the incident was a police matter.

Police inquiries are continuing. A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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