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Perth apprentice killed in Curtin University collapse remembered as 'thoughtful, caring bloke'

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Friends and family have spoken of the caring nature of Jonnie Hartshorn, the young apprentice who was killed after a serious structural collapse at Perth's Curtin University yesterday.

Jonnie Hartshorn, 23, is being remembered as thoughtful and caring to all he knew. (Facebook)

Mr Hartshorn, 23, was working on a glass ceiling between buildings at the university when it suddenly collapsed, killing him and seriously injuring two of his colleagues.

Today he is being remembered as a thoughtful man who loved his family and friends.

"Jonnie's the most thoughtful, loving caring bloke. He loved his family his mates and his gf," Mr Hartshorn's aunty Melissa Jane Hartshorn told 9News.

"Never will there ever be enough words to express how much he's loved by all of us but just taken away like that it's the worst feeling in the world."

Mr Hartshorn's workmates, both 27, are currently in hospital.

One man is fighting for his life in a critical condition after surgery, and the other man is in a stable condition.

Overnight a police bomb disposal robot was brought in to assess the situation, with emergency services fearing the entire structure could cave in if disturbed.

Curtin University wall ceiling collapse
Emergency services on scene yesterday afternoon. (9News)

The young tradie's body was recovered some nine hours after the incident due to the delicate nature of the structural beams and debris.

Yesterday WA Police Commander Mike Bell confirmed that Mr Hartshorn and one other colleague were on a fifth-floor roof while another man was on a scaffold structure beneath them when it collapsed.

Curtin University wall ceiling collapse
The glass ceiling between two buildings suddenly gave way. (9News)

"Just the noise of all that giving way, it just started cracking and then it just went … It just sounded like an avalanche, it was horrible," one witness told 9News

He and a colleague were sealing glass panels five storeys up. They plummeted 20 metres and were trapped by cascading glass, the 23-year-old apprentice dying immediately.

Curtin University wall ceiling collapse
The debris on the ground following the collapse. (9News)

"I saw one man on the ground, but he was moving, he was also screaming," worker Damian Clancey told 9News.

"If it had happened five minutes earlier there would have been probably 15 to 20 people working in that area."

Worksafe are now investigating the accident.

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