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Fallen SA building site gate injures women

AAP logoAAP 11/10/2016

Two women have been injured after a fallen construction site gate pinned them to ground as they were walking in Adelaide.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union SA says the gate fell at about 5:30pm on Tuesday near a medical school that's under construction in the city.

"It somehow has either gone through the rollers or through the stops and that has caused it to continue rolling and it's come off the top track," the union's SA secretary Aaron Cartledge told FiveAA radio.

"It is a sliding gate, so as it comes off that track, it then just toppled over."

Mr Cartledge said the union's safety representatives are investigating and will check the gates at other major building sites in the city.

He said there was a similar gate fall at another site three years ago but no one was injured.

"We need to put a better fail-safe mechanism in those gates so they're just not able to topple over," he said.

He said Tuesday's incident follows a horror six weeks for Australia's building industry, with two construction workers killed last week at Brisbane's Eagle Farm racecourse when a concrete slab fell on them in a pit at the track's infield.

A Perth woman also died on Monday after falling as far as 60 metres from a high-rise under construction in the city.

"It really brings home the dangerous industry, and the need for good worker representation on sites," Mr Cartledge said.

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