Two workers were injured after a section of crane rail fell at the QCLNG site on Curtis Island.
Two workers were injured after a section of crane rail fell at the QCLNG site on Curtis Island.

Worker airlifted after two injured at Curtis Island site

A CONSTRUCTION union has raised concerns about safety on Curtis Island after two workers were injured at the QCLNG site on Saturday.

A helicopter took one man to Rockhampton following the incident.

Bechtel is investigating what caused the accident, which occurred on the compressor deck while workers were moving a crane rail along a structural steel beam.

"During the process, a section of the crane rail slipped from the beam and dropped onto a team member's foot. A second team member was also grazed by the rail," Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said.

An emergency response team gave immediate treatment to both men.

"As a precaution, the employee with the foot injury was evacuated by helicopter to Rockhampton Hospital where it was determined he received fractures to bones in his foot," Mr Berg said.

Workplace Health and Safety was notified, as were all employees.

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union representative Ben Loakes said he was concerned incidents would continue to happen.

"I think there is the potential to lead into something more serious than what we have today," he said.

"(Bechtel has) a lot of their American safety officers that wouldn't know their Australian legislation."

But Mr Berg hit back, calling the claim "ridiculous" and saying safety was a responsibility of everyone on site.

"Safety assurance is proactively managed by supervisors, superintendents, area superintendents - who are predominantly Australians," he said.



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