Worker’s body recovered after Blue Mountains rock slide

The body of a 36-year-old contractor has been recovered and his two colleagues remain in hospital with serious injuries after a rock slide in the Blue Mountains on Wednesday.

Emergency services started the recovery effort about 9am on Thursday and the body was retrieved about 1.20pm, police said.

One of the man’s colleagues, aged 27, is listed as in a critical condition at Westmead Hospital, while the other, 26, is in a stable condition at St George Hospital with head and back injuries, a police spokeswoman said.

The three National Parks and Wildlife Service contractors were working to improve the safety of the National Pass walking track on Wednesday when they were hit by rocks falling from a height of 10 metres.

Emergency services were called about 11.40am on Wednesday, with critical care paramedics winched in by helicopter to assess the survivors.

Superintendent Darryl Jobson said it took rescue crews about an hour to reach the difficult site.

A crime scene was established on Wednesday night, and the body remained under police guard overnight.

The National Pass walking track has been closed since August 31 “due to an identified risk of unstable sections of rock”.

SafeWork NSW has been notified and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

with Lucy Cormack and Jamie Berry /**/

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