Workers were cleared from the site and the road close-by was closed after the fire at the construction site at the University of Technology Sydney.
Glen May was operating the crane and was fortunately able direct it away from busy streets before the arm came crashing down.
Fellow employee, Nuno Nunes, helped guide May to safety while Gordon Cameron, the site’s construction union delegate, cleared the area of all civilians and workers.
The men received their awards at the inaugural Joes Owens Bravery Award at Sydney Trades Hall.
New South Wales Opposition Leader John Robertson presented the awards.
“Today is a significant day because we acknowledge three heroes of the building industry,” Mr Robertson said.
The three men were humble in the receiving of their awards and are reluctant to be referred to as ‘heroes’
“I would do the same again. I’ve worked with Glen for a while and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for him,” Mr Nunes said.
The WorkCover Authority of NSW continues to investigate the incident.
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