Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Tree Crushes Worker's Leg; Excavator Operator Pinned in Cabin, Emergency Crew Cuts Him Free

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Tree Crushes Worker's Leg; Excavator Operator Pinned in Cabin, Emergency Crew Cuts Him Free

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Byline: Kieran Banks kieran.banks@qt.com.au

AN EXCAVATOR operator's leg was crushed by a tree as he worked on a dam wall at a rural property west of Ipswich.

The 52-year-old was operating the heavy machinery when a 9.5m tree he was clearing crashed into the cabin, breaking his leg.

Workmates rushed to help as the fallen tree pinned him to the cabin at a property on Hogans Rd in Grandchester.

Emergency services said the injured man was lucky the incident didn't claim his life.

The impact almost knocked the man out of the cabin, and emergency services used harnesses to support his body weight as they worked to free him.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Ripley station Officer Ian Bland said if the tree, which had a 30cm diameter, hit the man's torso he might not have survived.

"When you have a tree of that size come crashing through, he was lucky that it caught him and he was unlucky that it caught him. If it came through high it could have hit his chest or abdomen," he said. …

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