Man airlifted to hospital after crane incident

The Air Ambulance was dispatched to Brice Avenue in Mooroolbark after reports of a workplace incident.

By Mikayla van Loon

A man in his 50s has been airlifted to hospital after an incident involving a crane in Mooroolbark earlier today.

Paramedics were called to the incident on Brice Avenue around 11.50am, with the Air Ambulance being dispatched shortly after.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority has confirmed the incident did take place at the Manchester Road level crossing removal project site.

The emergency services pager message said the incident involved a mobile crane which had potentially run over the leg of a worker.

“Works at this site have stopped temporarily, and an assessment is underway, which will determine when works can safely resume,” a Level Crossing Removal Authority spokesperson said.

“The safety of our crews and the community is our number one priority. Our focus right now is supporting the worker, their family and colleagues.”

A Worksafe spokesperson has confirmed they are making inquiries and an investigation is underway into the incident.

The male has been flown by Air Ambulance to the Alfred Hospital in a serious condition with lower body injuries.

It means both Lilydale and Mooroolbark level crossing projects have been halted due to an Covid case and an incident respectively this week.

More to come.