Man injured in welding explosion west of Sydney


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A man suffered burns to his legs and arms in a welding incident at a property west of Sydney on Wednesday morning.

Paramedics were called to the property located about 50km west of Sydney following reports of a man being injured in a welding explosion.

According to reports, the man in his 60s was welding when the explosion occurred at about 10.30am.

He was stabilised at the scene before being taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.

According to a December 2016 report by the Australia Institute of Health and Welfare, in 2013–14 there were 5,430 cases of hospitalised burn injury of which about two-thirds were male. Almost half of all cases (45%) were caused by contact with heat and hot substances such as hot drinks, food, fats and cooking oils.

The average length of stay for all burn cases was 7 days; it was longer for older Australians aged 65 and over at 13 days. About 5% (246 cases) of hospitalised burn cases spent time in an intensive care unit with an average length of stay of 141 hours per case.

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