UPDATE: Worker stable after horror accident
UPDATE: A MAN whose arms were severed in an horrific workplace accident at Ballandean yesterday remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.
The 40-year-old man was airlifted from the Ballandean Soccer Club to the Princess Alexandra Hospital after his hands got caught in a machine at Country Farm Fresh Mushrooms on Watters Rd.
The man's co-workers gave him immediate first aid at the scene, applying tourniquets to his arms before Queensland Ambulance paramedics and Stanthorpe Hospital medical specialists arrived at the property.
EARLIER: INVESTIGATIONS are under way after a man suffered severe arm injuries at a Ballandean workplace this morning.
Ambulances were called to the scene on Watters Rd at 7.50am, where the horrific incident occurred.
The man, aged in his 40s, suffered serious injuries to both arms and was airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious condition.
A QAS spokesperson said the injuries were a result of the man becoming "trapped in a machine”.
Neil Newman, the owner of the Ballandean mushroom and spawn suppliers, said his thoughts are with the man involved.
"Until we get an investigation under way to piece together what's happened there isn't much we can say,” Mr Newman said.
"Needless to say, it was an accident that shouldn't have happened.
"We wish him a speedy recovery.”
Mr Newman said the worker was stabilised on site before being taken by RACQ LifeFlight to Brisbane.
"Nobody actually saw the incident,” he said.
"We had a guy here delivering straw who heard him yelling out and he went to help out.
"With our first aid officers, we administered aid until ambulances arrived.”
A Workplace Health and Safety Queensland spokeswoman confirmed the incident was under investigation.