News 26.5.2016 12:43 pm

Worker could lose leg after forklift fell on him

The ground underneath the truck and container collapsed, causing it to tip over.  Picture: Northglen News

The ground underneath the truck and container collapsed, causing it to tip over. Picture: Northglen News

It is alleged the concrete slab below the container gave in, leading to it overturning and causing the forklift to overturn as well.

A worker at a steel company is facing the possible amputation of his lower leg after a forklift and part of a container collapsed on top of him in Glen Anil, KwaZulu-Natal.

According to Marshall Security’s Kyle van Reenen, the accident occurred while the victim was offloading cargo out of the container on Wednesday, Northglen News reported.

“Reports from the scene suggest the concrete slab below the container gave in, leading to it overturning and causing the forklift to overturn as well. The driver of the forklift, a man believed to be approximately 30 years of age, was left pinned between the forklift and the ground.

“Swift action by the worker’s colleagues saw him removed from the wreckage. Netcare 911 paramedics worked for more than 40 minutes to stabilise the man, who sustained a partial amputation to his right leg,” he said.

The worker is in a critical condition in hospital.

– Caxton News Service

 

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