Australia Worker fighting for life after airport tunnel accident

12:55  08 july  2018
12:55  08 july  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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a close up of a person: A crane had to be brought in to rescue a worker who collapsed inside Perth’s new Airport Rail Tunnel.© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd A crane had to be brought in to rescue a worker who collapsed inside Perth’s new Airport Rail Tunnel. A construction worker is fighting for life after he was injured inside Perth’s new airport rail tunnel last night.

The 35 year old suffered serious facial injuries when a high pressure air pipe exploded and hit him in the face.

He was 50 metres underground at the time, triggering a delicate operation to get him out of the work site.

The construction worker collapsed while working on Perth's new airport rail tunnel. Picture: 9NEWS© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The construction worker collapsed while working on Perth's new airport rail tunnel. Picture: 9NEWS

He was lifted out of the rail tunnel by a crane with a rescue cage and rushed to Royal Perth Hospital.

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Work on the Forrestfield Airport rail link tunnel has been shut down today, as Worksafe and Perth Transport Authority investigate the incident.

The CFMEU claims concerns have been raised about the safety of the brackets connected to the high pressure pipes.

The Union’s Graham Pallot said calls for a safety review have fallen on deaf ears.

Worksafe will investigate the incident. Picture: 9NEWS© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Worksafe will investigate the incident. Picture: 9NEWS

“We have told them they are going to have a fatality on this job,” he said.

It is not clear when work will resume at the site, the Worksafe investigation is expecting to take months.

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