Gympie man in harvester accident airlifted to Bundaberg

UPDATE 2.20pm: WORKPLACE Health and Safety inspectors have interviewed witnesses on the scene of the harvester accident.

A Workplace Health and Safety Queensland spokesman said investigations would include determining if relevant duties had been met and if any further actions would need to be taken.

The spokesman said he was unsure how long the investigation would take.

It is believed that the man, a Gympie local in his late 40s, was standing on a deactivated harvester to make repairs, when he slipped and fell between the gears of the machine.

He suffered serious compression injuries to both his legs as a result.

A professional logging crew was working along a stretch of forest on Lake Lenthall road when the incident occurred.

UPDATE 12.40: RACQ CareFlight Rescue has airlifted a seriously injured Gympie man from the scene of a harvester accident near the Warra Road t-intersection at Duckinwilla near Maryborough.

The accident happened along Warrah Rd, just after the Warrah and Loop Rds intersection, before Lake Lenthall.

It's believed the man's colleagues managed to pull his legs from the harvester as they called emergency services.

A professional logging crew was working along a stretch of forest on Lake Lenthall road when the incident occurred.

It is believed that the man, a Gympie local in his late 40s, was standing on a deactivated harvester to make repairs, when he slipped and fell between the gears of the machine.

He suffered serious compression injuries to both his legs as a result.

Multiple Queensland Ambulance Service crews attended the scene, before the CareFlight helicopter was tasked just before 7.20am.

Police said a crew attended the scene but it has been handed over to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. 

Warrah Rd is accessed from the Bruce Highway turn off into the Wongi State Forest recreational area.

 

EARLIER: 

A MAN is in a serious condition after being pulled from a tree harvester at a forestry near Torbanlea.

It's believed the man's colleagues managed to pull his legs from the harvester as they called emergency services.  

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said they received the call just before 7am.

The man has suffered fractures to both his legs.  

Two ambulance crews are on scene including a critical care paramedic and the the RACQ helicopter is on it's way from Bundaberg. 

The man is in a serious but stable condition and is expected to be flown to Brisbane. 

The forestry is at Duckinwilla near Torbanlea. 

Gympie Times


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