08:53 am, Thursday 30 April, 2009
Source: The Townsville Bulletin
A man is fighting for his life in Townsville Hospital after leaping from a toppling Crane at Stuart yesterday morning.
The 280-tonne crane fell while it was being loaded on to the back of a semi-trailer on Brookhouse Rd about 9.40am.
Work colleagues found the truck teetering on its side, which caused the crane to slide off.
Miraculously, the 51-year-old crane operator jumped clear of the crane as it began overturning but injured himself landing.
The machinery was being used during the construction of the Townsville Port Access Rd project.
Stuart Police Station officer-in-charge Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Breitkreutz said the man was lucky not to be crushed by the falling crane.
“He jumped from the crane as it rolled,” he said.
“The crane didn’t land on him.
“He’s in Townsville Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit with head injuries.”
The Gladstone man was in a critical condition in Townsville Hospital last night.
Firefighters were called to clean up a large oil spill at the site.
The Townsville Bulletin was denied access to the area.
Workplace Health And Safety officers attended the accident scene.
Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said an investigation was under way into the cause of an incident.
“Safety of our work sites is of the utmost importance to my department for our employees, the contractors, and the general public,” Mr Wallace said.
“Workplace Health And Safety advisers from the department are assisting Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and authorities with the investigation into the incident.
“We are working closely with these authorities and contractors, in addition to our own investigation, to determine how this incident occurred, and what measures can be undertaken to prevent this from happening again.
“This incident will have a major impact on the family and work colleagues of this man and we will work to support them where possible.”
Staff affected by the incident are being offered support and counselling through the department’s employee assistance service.
Another man was seriously injured after his caravan fell on him while he was Changing A Flat Tyre at Brandon yesterday.
The man, aged in his 50s, pulled over on the side of the Bruce Highway to change the tyre about 2.40pm.
It’s believe the jacks supporting the campervan gave way, crushing the man.
He was taken to Ayr Hospital with severe chest injuries.
Last night he was in a serious condition in hospital.