Worker still critical
Josh Butterworth recovering from surgery
AIRPORT tunnel worker Josh Butterworth is in a stable but critical condition after being struck by a flailing hose at the Forrestfield-Perth Airport rail link project.
The 26-year-old’s safety helmet didn't protect him from the hose, which is thought to have become disconnected from a pipe and lashed his face on Saturday.
It was a major operation to extract Mr Butterworth from his underground position at the Airport Central station site, requiring a crane and dozens of emergency workers.
His employer, Salini Impregilo-NRW, said Mr Butterworth had undergone surgery for his injuries.
Project director Richard Graham said the incident was being investigated by WorkSafe. The company is working closely with them.
On-site counselling has been provided to the workers who were nearby when the accident occurred. Group counselling was also offered to all employees.
A WorkSafe spokeswoman said work in the area stopped immediately when the incident occurred.
“Prior to work restarting in the area, WorkSafe required that specific rectification action be taken, and that is the only work that has been taking place in the area,” she said.
“Unrelated work can only continue in other locations.”
The $1.86 billion State and Federal Governmentfunded project is a joint venture between Salini Impregilo and NRW Holdings and is due to be completed in 2020.
Tunnel boring was halted temporarily earlier this year when “ground disturbances” were reported on Perth Airport land.