A man has been airlifted to hospital after an angle grinder exploded in his face at work, with the blade disintegrating and causing a suspected skull fracture.
Emergency services were called to Lendine Street in Barrack Heights, south of Wollongong at roughly 12.30pm today, with the 52-year-old man airlifted to St George Hospital.
“The blade has exploded and it’s fragmented and hit his right temple region, a piece of the blade is still stuck in his head and he’s got a skull fracture,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Norm Rees said.
“This man has been extremely lucky – his injuries could have been much worse.
“Very serious, but he’s stable at this time.”
The incident has served as a reminder of the importance of wearing protective gear.
The man was taken to Illawarra Regional Airport before being choppered to Sydney's St George Hospital.
He is understood to be in a stable condition.