Work site death hits mates hard

TRIBUTES are flowing in for a “loving and care-free” 24-year-old Lockyer Valley resident killed at work on Friday.

Cameron Cole's life was tragically cut short when he was struck by pipe racks each weighing two tonnes on a drilling site at Injune, 80 kilometres north of Roma.

Mr Cole, an AJ Lucas employee, received the fatal injuries while unloading the pipe racks off a semi-trailer at about 10.50am and died at 1.37pm on the way to Injune hospital.

Mr Cole, who resided at Mt Whitestone south-east of Gatton in between working weeks, enjoyed playing rugby and cricket.

Southern Lockyer Cricket Club president Peter O'Keeffe described Mr Cole as a down to earth bloke who would do anything for anyone.

“It's absolutely devastating. You couldn't find a nicer bloke,” Mr O'Keeffe said. “He was such a great fellow who was easy-going, loving and care-free. If ever you needed any help he was there.”

Mr O'Keeffe played cricket with Mr Cole for about five years on the Southern Lockyer B-grade cricket side and said his passing would be felt throughout the entire community.

“There are so many things about Cam that we all loved,” Mr O'Keeffe said.

“He was a very popular fellow.

“He played for the club from under fourteens.

“He hardly missed a season. The only time he did was when he was away at work but even then he would play every week he was home.

“He just loved his cricket and he always played the game in the right spirit.”

Mr O'Keeffe said the Southern Lockyer Cricket club would hold a guard of honour at his funeral.

An AJ Lucas spokeswoman said staff members of the company were deeply saddened by Mr Cole's death.

“We are in close contact with Cameron's family and will give them our full support during this very difficult time,” she said.

“Counsellors have been with staff members who were working with Cameron and we will continue to focus on the wellbeing and safety of all employees.”

The Department of Mines and Energy and Workplace Health and Safety are investigating and a report is being prepared for the corner.



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