A 59-year-old abattoir worker’s foot has been amputated after it got caught in a conveyor belt he was cleaning.
The man was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a serious but stable condition after the accident at Oakey, on the Darling Downs in southeast Queensland, just after midnight on Tuesday morning.
It was the third serious workplace incident in the state’s south-eastern corner in 24 hours.
On Monday a man in his 30s had his ankle crushed when he reversed his three-tonne loader into a tree stump while clearing trees on a property at Bollier, near Gympie.
The loader flipped onto its side, trapping the man’s foot.
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A few hours later a man in his 20s fell nine metres through a skylight while installing solar panels on the roof of a rural co-op at Beerwah, on the Sunshine Coast.
He suffered a suspected broken wrist and ankle.
Both men were taken to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
Workplace Health and Safety officers are investigating all three incidents.