Paramedics rushed to a coal yard accident in Belfast after a worker had become trapped in a conveyor belt. Upon arrival, they discovered that the 45-year-old’s colleagues had managed to free the victim. Nevertheless, the injuries he had sustained after becoming tangled in the moving machinery were almost fatal. The rapid response team did what they could for the man at the scene, before transporting him to hospital. He is currently fighting for his life at the Royal Victoria Hospital intensive care unit. A spokesman for the health trust commented that medical professionals would continue treating him appropriately.
The conveyor belt that caused this tragedy is commonly in use in coal yards throughout the UK. Because of many large machines and moving parts, accidents caused by this type of accident can have drastic consequences. Heavy machinery with moving parts should be safeguarded, but even a momentary lapse in concentration can lead to limbs being torn off or workers being crushed. This is why such equipment should be treated with extreme caution and employees expected to use conveyor belts must be rigorously trained.
What are the longer-term issues?
Any coal yard accident is likely to vary in severity, but a lot of the machinery in use has the capacity to inflict very damaging injuries. A conveyor belt can trap anyone who comes too close to the moving parts of the apparatus, and even where the machine has been designed to be shut off quickly by that time damage can already be done. The immediate impact will be physical injuries requiring professional medical attention, but there can also be post-traumatic stress. Shock can strike the victim around the time of the initial incident. Feelings of anxiety can also be a more insidious affliction, creeping up at any time during the aftermath.
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Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown