The death of a rigger on a Darling Harbour barge could have been prevented, with union officials denied access to inspect the construction site in late 2016, the Maritime Union of Australia says.

NSW dad Tim Macpherson, 32, died instantly when a heavy metal beam fell on his torso and crushed him while he was working on the barge off Barangaroo on Wednesday afternoon. “This was a needless thing that absolutely could have been prevented,” MUA Sydney deputy secretary Paul Keating told said…