Firefighter injured by burst hose

Senior Station Officer Lindsay Rae is supported by colleagues while he awaits medical treatment...
Senior Station Officer Lindsay Rae is supported by colleagues while he awaits medical treatment following a workplace accident at the Dunedin City Fire Station yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
An internal investigation is under way at the Dunedin City Fire Station after a firefighter was injured by a burst fire hose yesterday.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Trevor Tilyard said staff were testing fire hoses about 2pm, when one burst.

Because of the high pressure, the hose began flailing about and a coupling struck Senior Station Officer Lindsay Rae on the leg.

Mr Tilyard said it was a rare event.

Mr Rae was taken to Dunedin Hospital with a suspected broken leg.

Late last night, a hospital spokeswoman said he was in a stable condition, and had been moved to an orthopaedic ward.

Depending on the extent of his injuries, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment might also launch an investigation into the incident, Mr Tilyard said.

 

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