Englishman moving to Australia identified as the stonemason killed when rocks and scaffolding collapsed on him at a school
- Stonemason who lost his life on Friday has been identified as Alistair Bidmead
- He was working on a wall of a schoolhouse in Petersham when disaster struck
- A concrete slab, bricks and scaffolding weighing several tons fell on the man
- Some of his colleagues witnessed the horrific accident, but no children saw it happen
- A crane was deployed to remove a huge slab that Mr. Bidmead . had caught
Alistair Bidmead (pictured) was a professional stonemason with nearly 20 years in the trade before being caught and killed by falling debris on a school grounds in Petersham
A migrant English craftsman has been named as the stonemason killed when ‘several tons’ of scaffolding and bricks collapsed, crushing him on Friday.
Alistair Bidmead was working on the facade of a building when the tragic accident happened at Fort St High School in Petersham in Sydney’s west.
The stonemason, owner of Bidmead & Co, based in Fairlight on Sydney’s northern beaches, died while working on the third floor of the school’s main building.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Michael Corlis said attempts to resuscitate Bidmead were futile.
‘His injuries were’ [such] he could not be resuscitated … unfortunately there was nothing we could do,” said Inspector Corlis 9News.
A facade of the structure is believed to have come loose before collapsing on top of it at 11 a.m., while a number of colleagues witnessed his death.
NSW Ambulance attempted to resuscitate Mr Bidmead (pictured) but his injuries were too serious
A facade of the structure is believed to have come loose before collapsing on it at 11 a.m., with a number of colleagues witnessing his death (photo, an image of the scene)
Five hours after the accident, a crane was deployed to remove the colossal slab of masonry and heavy rubble that crushed Mr Bidmead, originally from the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire.
His body was found among the twisted scaffolding and rubble.
The tradie was a classically trained stonemason whose company carried out restoration work on historic buildings and also built new masonry.
He has been in the business for over 16 years, running and managing projects in both Australia and the UK.
No children at the school witnessed the horrifying freak event.
The education department and the school declined to comment.
A crime scene was set up with an investigation by the police and Safe Work Australia.
Stonemason Alistair Bidmead (pictured) died on Friday after several tons of rubble, including a sandstone concrete slab, fell on him while he was working
None of the school’s children (pictured in western Sydney) witnessed the accident, nor were any staff involved or injured