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Concrete pump explosion injures four on Australian construction site

22 October 2019

Police and other emergency services were called to a skyscraper under construction in Melbourne after an incident involving a concrete pump resulted in multiple injuries on October 19.

According to The Age, a concrete pump burst at a highrise apartment worksite located in Southbank in southern Melbourne.

A fire service spokesman said three men were sprayed with crushed rocks, gravel and wet cement. The cleaning mechanism at the back of a concrete truck became dislodged and shot out debris that included bits of concrete and aggregate, he said.

According to a witness, two of the three workers were blown more than 15 metres onto a nearby road, and a passing motorist was injured when debris hit his vehicle.

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said four people were injured in the incident including two construction workers who were taken to the Alfred hospital in a serious condition, one suffering head injuries.

Two other men- one a worker and the other a passenger in a passing car - were taken to the the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition.

A police spokeswoman said WorkSafe Victoria was investigating the incident.

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