Ergon road crash heroes thanked by police

Published: 18 Aug 2015 3:34pm

A Mareeba-based Ergon Energy work crew have been thanked by Queensland Police for their quick thinking and assistance at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Cape York earlier this month.

The Ergon crew were heading back to their depot when they encountered the aftermath of a serious traffic crash 85 kilometres south of Coen on August 8.

Ergon Technical Service Persons David Hine, Jason Shorey and Martin McDonald along with Distribution Powerline Apprentice Michael Martin were among the first on the scene and rendered basic first aid whilst also helping ensure safety at the crash site and communicating with emergency services.

Queensland Police have also recognised the efforts of the Ergon team in reassuring a nine year old boy who was trapped in a vehicle. They also assisted with extracting the boy from the vehicle.

Acting Senior Constable Derek Hicks from Coen Police Station described the Ergon team's assistance as "absolutely invaluable".

"It is without doubt, their professionalism, care and dedication resulted in a positive outcome in all involved surviving the crash and the boy being safely removed from the vehicle," Acting Senior Constable Hicks said in communicating his thanks recently.

"I know the family of those injured wanted us to pass on their heartfelt thanks to Ergon," Acting Senior Constable Hicks said.

Ergon Customer Delivery Manager Charlie Casa said that while delivering life-saving heroics wasn't necessarily part of a normal day's work for Ergon field crews, he was none-the-less proud of his team's efforts and professionalism in stepping up on the day.

"We live and work in regional Queensland and know the challenges this can present," Mr Casa said, "and this was one of those days when our crew's training, abilities and common sense saved lives."

"I'm incredibly proud of them as is everyone in Ergon," Mr Casa said.

The assistance at the scene of this accident was timely given a renewed commitment to road safety by Ergon this year.

Ergon recently announced that all staff (field and office-based) will be required to undergo a compulsory driving safety course.

Ergon is also supporting the Queensland Government's "Speak up for Road Safety" campaign under the "Join the Drive to Save Live's" driver and road safety campaign.

Media Contact: Mark Timmerman
Phone: 0408 065 088

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