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AustraliaFarm worker loses leg after traumatic accident on emu farm

08:50  15 may  2019
08:50  15 may  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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Emergency services were called to the property on Coleyville Road at Coleyville, south-west of Brisbane, just after 9am on Tuesday.

There were no screams of agony from the Scenic Rim farm worker who had his leg wrapped around a drill in a grain bin as firefighters worked to free him, QFES inspector Jed Crosby said.

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"I haven't seen so much trauma in quite a few years ... surprisingly he was conscious," he said.

Mr Crosby, who is the Ipswich area commander, said the rescue was very technical considering the drill's strength and weight.

"There were the augers, which are big metal rods, that spin around and keeps the grain nice and loose but they're extremely strong and not much gets in their way," he said.

"The gentleman was pinned at the bottom where his leg was wrapped around the metal auger – it appears to have been broken."

Mr Crosby said the man was lucky enough to have his head above the grain so he could not suffocate.

"There was about 30 to 40 centimetres of product in there so paramedics were working to stabalise him while we tried to remove a large amount of grain to give us access to his leg," he said.

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Mr Crosby said there were about four different plans to free the man but had to act quickly due to his deteriorating condition.

"It was a very slow process but we had to partially disassemble the machinery and manually rotate the auger, reversing it maybe two centimetres at a time until we could slide his leg out," he said.

"He was put on a stretcher in a forklift to get him out of the grain bin and eight people were helping transport him towards the helicopter across a paddock.

"Looking back, it was the best and quickest way to get him out.

"Surprisingly he was conscious and talking to crews beforehand and paramedics gave him pain relief before we worked on him."

Mr Crosby said the combination of paramedics and firefighters working together should be praised.

"It was the best job I've seen services working together – there was no panic and everyone knew what to do," he said.

"It was a big job and quite graphic but they did an amazing job."

LifeFlight Critical Care Doctor Nick Johnson performed a surgery on the scene with the assistance of another doctor after assessing the man's condition.

"The paramedics had been working on him, talking to him and reassuring him, while the fire officers put a harness around him, under his arms, to lift him out as his legs were released," he said.

As a result, the farm worker lost his leg.

He remains in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Workplace Health and Safety were investigating the cause of the incident.

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