The Victorian Ambulance Service reported a serious and curious workplace incident that occurred on 26 May 2010. According the Ambulance Service media statement workers found a the 25-year-old man was trapped “with his neck pinned between a door frame and the rails of a scissor lift machine..”.
The worker was not breathing and so workers moved him to a safe area and commenced CPR. Paramedics needed to place the man in an induced coma in order to insert a breathing tube. He was taken to hospital in a critical condition and no further details about the patient are publicly available.
WorkSafe advised SafetyAtWorkBlog that it is investigating and believes the incident occurred when the man was manoeuvring a scissor lift through a doorway, and was pinned between the bottom of the door frame and the scissor lift.
There are scant details available at the moment but the incident serves to remind companies about allowing some tasks to be undertaken without supervision and to take additional care with motorised plant.