A father-of-four whose leg was crushed in a horrific workplace accident had just hours earlier discussed what would happen if he were to die on the job.
Dan Peterson had been working as a field service fitter at Queensland’s Curragh Coal Mine in May when a massive piece of machinery fell on him.
Thankfully, the same colleague he had been talking to about the grim scenarios earlier, was on hand to help stem the blood and call for help.
Father-of-four Dan Peterson (pictured here with his wife Rebekah and children), had his leg crushed in a horrific workplace accident in May, but had eerily just hours earlier discussed what would happen if he were to die on the job
Mr Peterson had been doing maintenance on the equipment, which weighed 1.6 tonnes, when it fell and injured his leg and ripped into his fingers.
He was taken to to Blackwater Hospital but required multiple surgeries, with contamination from the dirty rags used to stop the bleeding an issue.
While the cause of the accident is under investigation, Mr Peterson said the financial effect has been significant for his family, who have since relocated to Brisbane for his treatment.
‘Our entire savings are gone, everything that (my wife) had planned with her business which was going really well at Moranbah is totally gone now,’ he told The Morning Bulletin.
Mr Peterson had been doing maintenance on 1.6 tonne machine at Queensland’s Curragh Coal Mine in May, when it fell and injured his leg and ripped into his fingers
Thankfully, the same colleague he had been talking to about the grim scenarios earlier, was on hand to help stem the blood and call for help
‘It’s really, really, been very hard this last six or more months since this happened.’
Mr Peterson said he was grateful to be alive however, claiming he ‘couldn’t have stood a chance’ had the machine fallen differently.
The father-of-four who is thankful to be able to see his children grow up, can currently walk short distances but may require further surgery.
He said that had ‘never’ thought such an accident would happen to him and encouraged other workers to consider life or income protection insurance.
The family set up a GoFundMe page in the wake of the accident and their relocation, which has so far raised more than $3,600.
Mr Peterson’s family were forced to relocate following the incident, with it placing a significant financial burden on them resulting in them setting up a GoFundMe page