SafeWork investigating after worker injured at Wollongong gasworks


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1.20pm SafeWork has confirmed it is investigating the workplace incident that left a man injured on Saturday morning. “SafeWork is onsite and investigating an incident in Wollongong this morning where a worker suffered spinal injuries and has been airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital,” a spokesperson said. 11.15am A 30-year-old man has been flown to Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney after a metal framework fell against the cherry picker he was working in, 17 metres from the ground. The incident occurred at the old gasworks site on Smith Street, owned by energy company Jemena, where remediation works are under way. The man lost consciousness after the framework struck, and other workers at the site lowered the platform to the ground. Read more: Three vehicles smashed in Bellambi crash When paramedics arrived the man was conscious, but had motor and sensory deficits that suggested a possible spinal injury. Fire and Rescue NSW duty commander Greg Purvis said a rescue crew at the scene ensured the site was safe and assisted paramedics in removing the patient from the cherry picker. Earlier A man has suffered suspected neck and pelvic injuries after he was possibly struck by an object at a Wollongong CBD construction site. Emergency services were called to the scene on Smith Street about 9.30am Saturday. The man, believed to be aged in his 30s, was reportedly in a cherry picker at the time. Paramedics, police, and Fire and Rescue are at the scene. We depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.



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