Man trapped in machinery after Coleyville workplace accident

RESCUE: Emergency services worked together to free a man trapped in farm machinery. Photo: RACQ Life Flight
RESCUE: Emergency services worked together to free a man trapped in farm machinery. Photo: RACQ Life Flight

UPDATE, 5pm:

A LifeFlight Critical Care doctor performed delicate surgery on a man, who had been trapped by his legs, in a piece of farming machinery at Coleyville.

The Toowoomba RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter was sent to the property just before 9:30am where the crew said they arrived to find emergency service personnel working on a man, who was trapped inside a skip, with his legs pinned by an auger.

LifeFlight Critical Care Doctor Nick Johnson said the aeromedical team worked alongside QAS paramedics and QFES crews to try to free the man safely.

"It was a tremendous team effort. Everyone had a role to play," he said .

"The paramedics had been working on him, talking to him and reassuring him, while the fire officers put a harness around him, under his arms, to lift him out as his legs were released."

After consultation about the patient's medical situation, it was decided the LifeFlight critical care doctor would carry out surgery, at the scene, with the assistance of another doctor.

"His injuries were serious," Dr Johnson said.

"We managed to get him out, give him the best treatment possible on location and get him safely on his way to hospital in Brisbane."

The Toowoomba RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter then airlifted the worker, who was in critical condition, to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

EARLIER: 1.27pm

QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency personnel have freed a man injured in a farm machinery accident this morning.

A QFES spokesman said the man was trapped in grain processing machinery. Firefighters cut power to the machine and were able to free the man's legs without having to cut or dismantle the machinery after emptying the grain bin.

Seven fire crews were in attendance and left the scene about 12.15pm after helping paramedics load their patient in the rescue helicopter and making sure the area was safe.

A QAS spokeswoman said the man was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition with significant leg injuries.


EMERGENCY service personnel are battling to rescue a man trapped in machinery after a workplace accident at Coleyville Road, Coleyville about 9.10am today.

Aspokesman for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said seven crews were at the scene and assisting Queensland Ambulance

A QAS spokeswoman said the high acuity response unit, critical care paramedic and rescue helicopter were all part of the rescue operation.

She said the man, in his 50s had significant injuries to his legs, which were still trapped in the industrial machinery.