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Portland electrician airlifted after wind turbine incident  

Credit:  By Tiana Richardson | Portland Observer | www.spec.com.au 20 July 2012 ~~

A 25-year-old Portland electrician was injured after a three kilogram object fell on his head from 15 metres while working inside a wind turbine at Macarthur this morning.

According to an Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said the man was working on a platform inside the turbine about 40 to 50 metres high, when the object hit him. He was wearing a hard hat at the time and lost consciousness for between five and 10 minutes.

Mr Mullen said paramedics were called to the AGL Macarthur Wind Farm site at 8.37am and administered first aid on the man, including placing him in a spinal brace and on a spinal board.
“CFA and SES were also on hand to help organise the rescue,” Mr Mullen said.

The man was removed from the turbine at about 11.30am and was stabilised before being airlifted by the HEMS4 helicopter to The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne with head and possible spinal injuries.

It is understood WorkSafe is currently at the site, which has been closed down while investigations take place.
More details in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.

Source:  By Tiana Richardson | Portland Observer | www.spec.com.au 20 July 2012

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