Worker still crit­i­cal

Josh But­ter­worth re­cov­er­ing from surgery

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Dono­van

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.

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