UPDATE @ 11.30 AM: THREE men have been rushed to hospital following a serious workplace accident at a construction site in Surfers Paradise this morning.
The trio were working in a lower carpark at the Jewel development on Old Burleigh Road when a metal cable conduit, weighing about 80kg per metre and 45 metres in length, fell three metres from above.
Queensland Ambulance Service Senior Operations Supervision Gavin Fuller said one of the men, 27, was crushed by the metal structure and trapped for a short amount of time before his co-workers managed to free him.
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He was treated at the scene by the High Acuity Response Unit and Critical Care Paramedics and has since been taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with a fractured pelvis.
Two other workers, both aged 28, were also struck by the heavy beam and taken to hospital with leg and shoulder injuries.
All three are in a stable condition.
Mr Fuller said authorities treat all accidents in a workplace area as “very serious”.
“Not only is there the incident that’s happened there’s also the potential for follow on effect if something has been damaged or the structural integrity has been hindered by that accident then there could be furthermore incidents that occur afterwards,” he said.
EARLIER @ 9.30 AM: THREE workers have been crushed by “falling material” at a construction site in Surfers Paradise.
Emergency crews were called to a location on Old Burleigh Road just before 9.00am following reports three people had been seriously injured in a workplace incident.
One man, believed to be aged in his 20s, has already been rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.
Two other men are still being treated at the scene by the High Acuity Response Unit and Critical Care Paramedics.
More to come.