01:17 pm, Wednesday 4 July, 2012
WorkSafe Victoria has issued a safety improvement notice to a Ballarat-based road transport manufacturer after a worker suffered from serious injuries last Wednesday.
The Courier reports that the worker had to be airlifted to The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne after being trapped while working underneath an extendable trailer at about 5am.
According to reports, he was working on the trailer when a section supporting it gave way trapping him underneath.
A spokesman for the Rural Ambulance Victoria said the victim suffered from abdominal and chest injuries, and a fractured ankle.
The Courier further reported that Michael Birt of WorkSafe Victoria said an official notice was given to the company, in which they had to show they could carry out work practices safely in the future.
“Given crushing injuries are common, what we know is that people who are hurt are most often doing routine tasks,” said Mr Birt.
“It is important that everybody is doing everything as safely as possible so we can eliminate these sort of injuries.”
The company said they will cooperate with WorkCover as it investigates the incident.
The injured worker is now in a stable condition.