CQ man rescued after entrapment under silo

Emma Alsop, February 28, 2024

A MAN has sustained significant leg injuries after becoming trapped under a grain silo at a property in Central Queensland this morning.

Emergency services were called to a property on Milroy Downs Road, Arcturus at about 9.15am.

Three Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews worked to free the man who was stuck under a section of the silo metal sheeting.

“Our crews cut through the metal to free them,” a QFES spokesperson said.

He was airlifted to Rockhampton Hospital in a stable condition.

About a year ago, a 78-year-old man from Baralaba, about 250km south-east of Emerald, was rescued after becoming trapped in a grain silo.

Emergency services entered the silo to free the man and worked to extricate him without suffocating under the weight of the grain.

The man also sustained a leg injury.

In May 2020, a Goondiwindi farmer was trapped after being crushed by a transportable grain silo.

Two recent deaths in Vic

This incident comes days after a 61-year-old farmer died while loading grain from a silo into a truck at a Kellalac farm, near Warracknabeal.

It is understood the man was operating a large mobile auger when it tipped and struck him on the head.

He died instantly.

Two weeks ago, a 50-year-old dairy farmer was killed at a Mirboo North property, in the South Gippsland region.

He was operating a quad bike while moving cattle when he and several cows were struck by a shed roof that detached in strong winds.

WorkSafe Victoria is investigating both incidents.

Farm incident data

In its paper published this week, AgHealth Australia has reported that there were 32 on-farm deaths reported in 2023, down from 55 in 2022.

There were 122 non-fatal on-farm injury events were reported in 2023.

Quads were the leading cause of injury followed by horses, cattle, motorbikes and tractors.

More than 86pc of the incidents occurred in Queensland and New South Wales.


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