Workers to return to Jewel site following workplace accident

A SAFETY inspection is expected to be carried out on the Jewel development site in Surfers Paradise following a serious workplace accident on Wednesday.

Three men were working in a lower carpark at the $1.4 billion Old Burleigh Road development when a metal cable conduit, weighing about 80kg per metre and 45 metres in length, fell three metres from above.

One man, aged 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 by the High Acuity Response Unit and Critical Care Paramedics before being taken to the 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.

Workers are expected to return to the site today, however will not restart construction until Multiplex has completed a full audit to ensure the building is safe.

Queensland Ambulance Service Senior Operations Supervision Gavin Fuller said following yesterday’s terrifying encounter that 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.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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