Lifting device injures workers

THREE Hyne Timber sawmill workers have been cleared of serious injuries after a lifting device used to change bandsaw blades broke “on the weld” yesterday, and fell off.

The men aged 21, 23 and 60 were hit by the device, which hangs from a hoist at the Imbil sawmill, when it fell about 9am.

They were taken to Nambour hospital for observation after they had sustained head and hand injuries. All three were initially treated at the scene by the Queensland Ambulance Service.

A Hyne and Son spokesperson said yesterday corrective action was being taken to make sure such an incident didn’t happen again.

The spokesperson said all three of the men had been released from hospital and, although he hadn’t had the chance to speak to them, said he believed they were doing well, were headed back to Imbil at 4pm yesterday, and would probably return to work today.

He said the ambulance was called only as a precaution.

The incident has triggered a Department of Work Place Health and Safety investigation at the Yabba Creek Road sawmill. It is believed one of the workers had only recently commenced employment at the mill.

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