A Lismore father of four was seriously injured after receiving an electric shock while locking the gates of the Lismore Greyhound Racetrack on December 29.
A Lismore father of four was seriously injured after receiving an electric shock while locking the gates of the Lismore Greyhound Racetrack on December 29. Jay Cronan

Man to face rehab after 250V shock

A LISMORE man is lucky to be alive after receiving a massive electric shock during a ‘freak accident’ while working as a security guard.

The father of four spent the past week in a Brisbane hospital, recovering from surgery and serious injuries, including severe damage to his shoulder.

He was released on Friday and has returned home. He now faces many months of rehabilitation.

However the situation could have been much worse for the 36-year-old, if it wasn’t for the brave actions of a quick-thinking staff member at the Lismore Greyhound Racetrack.

About 10.30pm on December 29, the man was locking the gates at the track.

But after putting both hands on the gate, he received a powerful electric shock, believed to be about 250 volts.

The gate is not normally electrified and it is not known how the accident happened.

But the racetrack worker – the only person still left at the track – quickly snapped into action, grabbing the man and pulling him away.

Paramedics were called to the scene and found the security guard unconscious.

“The 36-year-old was suffering from post-electric shock,” a NSW Ambulance spokesman said.

“The patient said he had touched the fence with both hands. He had severe pain in his shoulder.”

The security guard was taken to Lismore Base Hospital, but his injuries were found to be so severe that he was then transferred to Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital.

Details of the accident are still a mystery and WorkCover has confirmed it is investigating.

“WorkCover sent an inspector on December 30,” a spokeswoman said.

“There had been some construction work and repairs to a sewer. WorkCover will be looking at what safety measures were in place.”

A final report on the accident could take months.

Country Energy was also called to ensure the site was safe. A preliminary investigation the next day determined that it was ‘not a Country Energy fault’.

Secretary of the Lismore Greyhound Racetrack, John Scholten, refused to comment on the incident.

“It’s in the hands of WorkCover, so there’s really nothing that I can say,” he said.

The security firm also declined to comment.



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