Crushed leg: man ‘critical’

2010-06-09 00:00

A CATO Ridge petrol attendant had a part of his leg amputated when a crane truck crushed him against a concrete pillar yesterday morning.

Mxolisi Phakathi (24) was injured at Caltex Cato Ridge Truck Stop at about 8.30 am. He had just finished filling the truck with diesel when it reversed and his leg was crushed between its hydraulic leg and a pillar. He suffered a compound fracture of his left leg, with the broken bone protruding from the wound.

Filling station CEO Mike Frohlich blamed the truck dri­ver for the accident.

“This was pure negligence on the part of the truck driver. Instead of reversing straight out of the pump, the driver swung unnecessarily and caught one of my chaps with the truck’s hydraulic leg,” said Frohlich.

“I evicted the driver of the truck from my premises, and I don’t want to see him in here again,” said Frohlich.

He added that he is preparing to lay a complaint with the driver’s employers.

Frohlich said that while they were waiting for paramedics, his company’s health and safety manager James Liebenberg applied first aid to Phakathi to stabilise him.

ER24 paramedics airlifted Phakathi to Medi-Clinic in Pietermaritzburg.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said paramedics found Phakathi in a critical condition. “The patient had sustained severe traumatic injuries to his left leg and needed advanced life support intervention.”

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