A father of two has been crushed and killed after a brick wall collapsed on him during a strong gust of wind at a construction site in Melbourne's south-east.
Michael Klanja - a married man aged in his 30s - was killed in front of a workmate at the site on Elizabeth Street, Brighton East, when a brick wall fell down about 9.30am on Monday.
Mr Klanja, 30, of Tooradin, and a workmate had been on the site's upper level on Monday morning before climbing down due to strong winds.
"They thought it would be safer to work at the rear of the construction site," Detective Sergeant Gerry Richardson said.
The pair were working beneath a half-built garage wall that police believe collapsed due to a "large gust of wind".
Mr Klanja was trapped under the wall while his workmate called for an ambulance, but he died before emergency crews arrived.
WorkCover and council surveyors are investigating whether the building site complied with safety standards.
The workman's father is believed to have been called to the site after the fatal accident.
Bilic Homes began building two townhouses on the site in the narrow suburban street earlier this year.
The townhouses are still largely made up of timber framing. The four-metre-high garage wall was erected less than two weeks ago.
WorkCover investigators have arrived at the site, and police are speaking with residents in the street, which has been cordoned off.
"They couldn't work on the top deck today because it was too windy so they must have been working on the flooring next to where the wall was," neighbour John Wallace said.
"It was a full-height one-storey wall and it seems like it was unsupported, unfortunately.
"There was that big wall collapse in Swanston Street and this is almost a repeat of that."
CFMEU state secretary John Setka said the tragic death was a "terrible reminder" of the dangers building workers faced every day.
"The CFMEU will keep working to make sure building workers make it home safely to their families," he said.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased."
More to come.
With Caroline Zielinski