Man airlifted after being crushed by tree in central Victoria

A man has been airlifted to hospital after being crushed by a tree in central Victoria Wednesday morning.

The man suffered serious leg injuries following the incident on a property, about 12 km north-west of Talbot, shortly before 10.30am.

After being stabilised at the scene by ambulance paramedics, the man in his 40s was flown to Royal Melbourne Hospital for further treatment.

Tree trimming and removal of trees—especially large trees—is dangerous work. This work should be carried out by workers appropriately trained and experienced.

According to Safe Work Australia’s guide to Managing the Risks of Tree Trimming and Removal Work, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that workers and other people are not exposed to health and safety risks arising from the business or undertaking.

For tree trimming and removal work this includes ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, the:

  • „provision and maintenance of safe plant
  • „safe use, handling, storage and transport of plant
  • „provision of an emergency plan
  • „provision and maintenance of safe systems of work, and
  • „where a fall-arrest harness is used, provision and testing of emergency procedures including rescue procedures.

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