‘Grease in­jected into hand’

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - LEA EMERY

A FOR­MER Bob­cat oper­a­tor claims he needs his partner to help him do his job af­ter grease was in­jected into his hand at high pres­sure.

Christo­pher Flett is tak­ing his for­mer em­ployer, Black Widow Civil Con­struc­tion, to court over the work­place in­ci­dent. He al­leges he now needs help from his partner to use a man­ual shift truck, to load and un­load plant, to hook and un­hook trail­ers, and to re­fulel as a re­sult of the grease in­jec­tion.

His partner does those tasks un­paid, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments filed in the South­port Dis­trict Court.

But Mr Flett may be wait­ing some time for any pay­ment as Black Widow Civil Con­struc­tion in be­ing liq­ui­dated. Doc­u­ments from the liq­ui­da­tion show it has $1498.90 in its bank ac­count. Mr Flett’s state­ment of claim does not fully de­tail how much he is seek­ing, but es­ti­mates his past eco­nomic loss to be about $164,800 and his loss in earn­ing ca­pac­ity to be about $600,000.

Court doc­u­ments de­tail the in­jury Mr Flett is al­leged to have suf­fered about 2.30pm on Fe­bru­ary 15, 2016, at a Hope Is­land con­struc­tion site.

Mr Flett claims he was op­er­at­ing a Bob­cat when the rear track fell off. He at­tempted to re­lease ten­sion by eas­ing the grease pres­sure.

“As (Mr Flett) loos­ened the grease nip­ple, it dis­charged grease at ex­tremely high pres­sure, pierc­ing (Mr Flett’s) glove and skin, in­ject­ing grease into (Mr Flett’s) left hand,” the doc­u­ments al­lege.

Mr Flett claims he re­quired five sur­gi­cal op­er­a­tions and spent 11 days in hos­pi­tal.

Court doc­u­ments state Mr Flett still suf­fers al­tered sen­sa­tion, re­stricted range of move­ment and mo­tion in the left hand, loss of strength and re­duc­tion in en­durance. Black Widow Civil Con­struc­tions is yet to file a de­fence.

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