It's with great sadness the CFMEU confirms a construction worker has had his foot amputated after a workplace accident at a West Melbourne apartment development on the weekend.
Surgeons at the Royal Melbourne Hospital were unable to save the foot of Miladin Adamovic, known to his friends as Mick.
The construction site was shut down, and CFMEU occupational health and safety manager Gerry Ayers said Mr Adamovic's colleagues were in shock.
"Our thoughts are with Miladin's family and the workers who witnessed the incident. We're going to provide counselling for all those workers," CFMEU occupational health and safety manager Dr Ayers said.
The 40-year-old father of 10-year-old son Phillip is being comforted and supported by his family, friends, and colleagues. He will require more surgery in the coming days.
Mr Adamovic’s wife Mirela said in a statement: “My husband’s injury has devastated our family. He simply went to work to provide for his family, and now we’re dealing with this. While we try to make sense of what has happened, we ask for privacy.”
CFMEU Assistant Branch Secretary Shaun Reardon yesterday visited Mr Adamovic and spoke with his shocked family.
Investigations into the accident by the union and WorkSafe Victoria are continuing. Mr Reardon has also demanded urgent meetings with industry stakeholders and the Melbourne City Council.
“We are disturbed that ridiculous construction industry deadlines and restrictions on weekend work are putting workers at risk,” Mr Reardon said.