One tonne of timber falls on worker

Emergency services raced to the scene of a workplace accident in southwest Sydney after one tonne of timber fell onto a worker, who suffered a partial amputation and degloving of two fingers and a thumb.

At about 10.45am on Tuesday, NSW Ambulance crews were called to the scene of a workplace incident at Hepher Rd Campbelltown after one tonne of timber fell on a worker.

Two crews and a critical care doctor and critical care paramedic were dispatched and on arrival paramedics treated a man in his 50s for injuries to his back, arms, hands and face.

Paramedics stabilised him and he was taken to Liverpool Hospital in a stable condition.

NSW Ambulance Inspector David Kynaston said crush injuries can be incredibly traumatic.

“In this situation the patient did suffer a partial amputation and de-gloving of two fingers and his thumb on his right hand,” he said.

“Paramedics stabilised him by administering pain relief and applying spinal precautions.

“This is a reminder of the danger that heavy machinery can pose.”

Source: Daily Telegraph

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