Workers seriously injured in latest Jewel setback

Work has stopped once again on Yuhu’s troubled Jewel development on the Gold Coast, with three men rushed to hospital following a serious incident at the beachfront work site.

The accident occurred at about 8.45am on Wednesday when a heavy metal cable tray fell from the $1.4 billion Surfers Paradise development.

According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, the men had been working in a car park area of the development when the metal cable conduit, weighing about 3500kg, fell from three metres above.

Queensland Ambulance spokesperson Gavin Fuller said that three male patients, aged 27 and 28, were transferred to the Gold Coast University Hospital, one suffering leg, chest and pelvis injuries and the others shoulder, hip and head injuries.

“One of the workers was trapped. His co-workers have been able to remove that [the conduit], which was quite good considering it weighs about 80 kilograms per metre so it certainly minimised his injuries,” he said.

“The other two workers were struck by it but not trapped underneath it.”

All are in a stable condition, with one of the men’s injuries downgraded from serious.

It is the second accident that has taken place on the site. In March, a man was crushed while working near an elevator shaft, the accident sparking fellow workers to walk off-site due to safety concerns.

Accomnews reported in October on a protest march through Surfers Paradise by some 100 Jewel workers following numerous job losses from the project.

Developer Multiplex had drastically reduced the work of some contractors, and the union was concerned hundreds of other jobs were being put at risk.

The triple-tower development topped out in August and remains on track for completion in mid-2019.

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