Paramedics were called just after 12.20pm when a scaffolding structure collapsed on Epping Road in Macquarie Park.
A witness told 10 News he was eating his lunch next to the scene — the Lachlan’s Line mixed-use residential and commercial construction project — when he heard a loud crash and saw people fleeing.
The man told the network it was a “scene of panic” as it became clear people were stuck beneath a mountain of debris.
It’s believed at least two workers were trapped but their conditions aren’t known.
One person was freed and taken to hospital at 1.30pm, it’s understood, but it’s not clear how many men remain trapped.
#BREAKING one man has been freed after scaffolding collapsed at a building site on Epping Road at Macquarie Park. One man still believed to be trapped under the rubble @2GB873 pic.twitter.com/2lo6Wl8VIH
— Tamara Wearne (@Tamarawearne) April 1, 2019
Firefighters say it’s going to be a “delicate” rescue operation.
Construction company Ganellen said it’s assisting emergency workers at the site of the $220 million development.
“Our immediate concern and focus is on the safety of our people and according for those who were in the vicinity of the accident, and ensuring the site is safely secured,” the builder said in a statement.
Dozens of emergency vehicles on the scene of a scaffolding collapse in Macquarie Park pic.twitter.com/pg8lv6MK9w
— Heidi Tiltins (@HeidiTiltins) April 1, 2019
— Lachlan Kennedy (@lachlan_kennedy) April 1, 2019
As the operation is continuing, members of the public are urged to avoid the area.
Two eastbound lanes, including the left turn lane, are closed on Epping Rd at Delhi Rd.
MACQUARIE PARK | #FRNSW crews are assisting @NSWAmbulance with a delicate rescue operation at a construction site in Epping Rd. Two people are trapped under a large amount of fallen scaffolding. pic.twitter.com/Ff3QUTvZry
— Fire and Rescue NSW (@FRNSW) April 1, 2019
More to come.