Man Airlifted To Hospital After Angle Grinder Exploded In His Face

Taken to St George Hospital


27 February 2018

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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.

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