Air Conditioning Engineer dies after fatal crash in NSW

  • July 19, 2021

A Queensland air conditioning specialist has died after a fatal crash, police said.

Key points:The 43-year-old air conditioning consultant died on the way to work on the day the air conditioner went off in an air conditioning unitThe air conditioning system failed, killing himPolice have not said why the air conditioning failedThe consultant was from Wodonga, south-east QueenslandThe air conditioners were not properly designed and had been tested for years, according to Queensland Police.

The airconditioning consultant died while on the job on Monday, but police have not been able to identify the man.

Air Conditioning Engineering is a company that sells and installs air conditioning equipment.

“At about 3.30pm on Monday morning, Mr Gavan and his colleague received a call from a concerned employee, who said he needed assistance in getting air conditionering equipment to a client’s property,” a statement from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) read.

“Upon arrival at the client’s house, Mr and Mrs Gavan found a man had been seriously injured by a large air conditioning apparatus.”

Mr Gavan’s colleagues were in the process of installing air conditioning at the property when the accident happened.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The incident has left the community of Wodona shocked and saddened by the death of Mr Gavans partner and fellow air conditioning professional,” the statement read.

The Department of Air and Climate Change (DAC) said the company had a long history of safety and reliability.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr and Ms Gavan for their loss and we will continue to work closely with DDFES to provide any support required,” the agency said in a statement.

The accident occurred on Monday in the Wodora suburb of Waddell.

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