Investigations launched after man suffers burns in barbecue explosion at Capalaba


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Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating after a man suffered serious burns from a barbecue explosion in South East Queensland.

The incident happened at a business in Capalaba Sunday afternoon.

Ambulance paramedics treated a man, aged in his 50s, for burns to his face, hands and legs.

He was later transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for specialist treatment.

In 2013–14 there were 5,430 cases of hospitalised burn injury in Australia. And according to the Hospitalised burn injuries Australia 2013-2014 report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, about two-thirds were male (3,654 cases).

The highest rate of burn injury was in the youngest age group (0–4) for both boys (75 cases per 100,000 population) and girls (51 cases per 100,000 population).

The report shows about one-fifth (21%, 1,158 cases) of burns were to the wrist and hand but body region burned varied by age. In very young children burns to the trunk (21%) were also common, while older Australians (aged 65 and over) had the highest proportion of burns to the hip and lower limb (22%).

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