A man who edged his way onto the arm of a construction crane on an impulse plummeted to his death to the horror of his friend.

The 29-year-old scaled a tower crane on a construction site in College Green, Sydney, on Australia Day. The man, who had been partying with friends at several houses on Bower Street, entered the construction site with two friends around 12.30 am, climbed the mast of the crane, and made his way from the counterweight onto the main arm of the jib before falling 45 metres to his death.

“I heard the bang when he dropped,” said a witness. “We jumped the fence and ran round. One of the guys was holding his head and checking his pulse but it was too late.”

Police are looking into alcohol as a possible factor in the man’s death, and WorkCover is also investigating. A number of houses are being built at the site.

Home Automation

Call it ‘domotics,’ and you are likely to receive a blank stare, but refer to it as ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation,’ and you will get a nod of acknowledgement. For the past few years, consumers have heard the word ‘smart’ attached to countless products and services, from food and drink to snacks like popcorn and mobile phones, which no one seems to refer to as a ‘cellphone’ anymore. Yet what, exactly, constitutes ‘smart’?

July 14, 2020, 1:34 PM AEST