Surgeons save worker’s arm following accident

CAREFLIGHT AIRLIFT: A CareFlight helped in the transportation process to save the 37-year-old man's arm.
CAREFLIGHT AIRLIFT: A CareFlight helped in the transportation process to save the 37-year-old man's arm. Contributed

SURGEONS have saved the arm of a 37-year-old man injured in a workplace accident at Biggenden last week.

He sustained arm and leg injuries after the circular saw he was using slipped and almost severed his arm.

A QAS paramedic treated the contractor before he was taken to Biggenden Hospital

He was then taken by a CareFlight Rescue Helicopter to the Royal Brisbane Hospital where he underwent two operations to save his arm.

He is still facing a further operation.

Garry Josh, the owner of the Grand Hotel where the accident occurred, said the contractor was building a bench in the front bar to hold the new TAB agency.

Mr Josh referred to the contractor as a friend

"He has been working in the area for a number of years," he said.

"He is involved in property services and had already undertaken some refurbishment jobs at the hotel as well as other work at Biggenden Meatworks."

Mr Josh said he wasn't at the hotel when the accident occurred.

"The patrons looked after him and wrapped him up and waited for the ambulance," he said.

"That's the sort of people we have here.

"They are caring and have a sense of ownership."

The hotel owner said his daughter Carly, who lives in Brisbane, had been looking after the injured man.

"First thing he needed was a phone charger so he could keep in contact with his family," he said.

Topics:  biggenden central and north burnett

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