Driver flips airport truck – and escapes with bang on the head

An airport worker escaped with only minor harm when the dump truck he was driving rolled over on the construction site at Prosperous Bay Plain.

A fellow driver pulled him from the vehicle, suffering cuts to his hands in the process.

Both were assessed by a paramedic on the scene and then taken to the hospital in Jamestown, where the rescued driver was found to have mild concussion.

The incident happened an hour before midnight on 25 February 2013, on one of the tracks leading into Dry Gut – the deep valley being filled in to accommodate the runway.

In a statement, Deon de Jager, of construction firm Basil Read, said both drivers were given a follow-up examination the next day and declared fit for work.

He said: “An Articulated Dump Truck overturned on the Yellow Route into Dry Gut when the operator temporarily lost control of the vehicle.

The truck was assessed for any damage and then removed for repairs. Health and safety personnel then carried out an assessment of the site.

“Having been deemed safe, works resumed early on Tuesday morning.”

He said workers were given continuous safety training.

“We are proud of our safety achievements to date, and an unfortunate incident like this just shows we must never become complacent.

“Accidents are unavoidable on a project of this magnitude and type of terrain, and we do have all the systems and procedures in place in order to minimize these and to manage them when they do occur.

“The goal is not just to complete the project on time, but to do so with the minimum amount of incidents or accidents and with zero loss of life. This will be the ultimate achievement.”

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