DUMPED: Firefighters work to free an excavator driver after his machine rolled over at the tip.
DUMPED: Firefighters work to free an excavator driver after his machine rolled over at the tip. Terry Rohan And Channel TEN

Tip over at tip: Driver knocked unconscious

FIREFIGHTERS and paramedics were faced with the delicate rescue of an excavator driver, whose machine tipped onto its side at the Riverview dump.

The 53-year-old driver received a nasty bump on the head as his Caterpillar machine toppled over on top of a large mound of mulch, in the green waste area of the dump, about 8.30am yesterday.

A team of emergency services workers took about an hour to secure the excavator with cables and carefully remove the driver from the cabin, loading him onto a stretcher and then carefully lowering him to the ground

The 3m high mound of mulch that the machine tipped on added to the trickiness and potential danger of the rescue.

Ipswich police district duty officer Senior Sergeant Robbie Goodger said the driver was taken to hospital with concussion and a possible shoulder injury.


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"It looks as though he was shifting mulch and loading it into a truck, when the ground has given way underneath him and the machine has tipped over," Snr Sgt Goodger said.

"Because he had a head injury, the firefighters and paramedics didn't want to risk doing any further damage when they moved him."

Dump workers assisted in the rescue by driving a front-end loader towards the up-turned excavator and using the bucket to gently lower the stretcher to the ground.

Bundamba fire station officer Andrew McMahon said it was about 10am before the injured man was finally freed.

The driver was working for a subcontractor used by council to operate the dump site on Riverview Rd.

Workplace Health and Safety will investigate.


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