The man was dismantling a timber bridge near Nanango when it’s believed part of it gave way, causing the excavator to tip over and fall approximately seven metres into the dry creek.
The excavator landed upside down, trapping the man inside the cabin. His work colleagues, who were also operating a smaller excavator nearby, contacted emergency services.
Queensland Police Service (QPS) and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) were first on the scene to extricate the man from the 24 tonne excavator.
Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics were also on scene, and treated the patient shortly before Sunshine Coast based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter arrived to assist.
The man was conscious throughout the rescue but suffered injuries to several parts of his body.
He was airlifted in a serious condition to Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital.