FREAK ACCIDENT: Liam Bates' girlfriend, Annaliese McDonald shared this photo, captioning it
FREAK ACCIDENT: Liam Bates' girlfriend, Annaliese McDonald shared this photo, captioning it "I can't put into words how thankful and lucky I am you're still here with us.” Annaliese McDonald

How tradie survived a deadly high-voltage surge

TRYING his best to stay alive, Liam Bates lies collapsed in the middle of a Blackwater paddock.

After having what "felt like the whole 22,000 volts of a power line" pass through his body, Liam's friends quickly jump into to action.

In an attempt to keep the 23-year-old diesel fitter alive, one of his mates remove his boots as the other begins CPR.

Liam is revived three times before ambulance officers arrived on scene.

 

Liam had to go into surgery in Brisbane after being electrocuted to fix burns on his feet.
Liam had to go into surgery in Brisbane after being electrocuted to fix burns on his feet. Contributed

They rush him to Blackwater Hospital before sending him to the Royal Brisbane Hospital for surgery.

That was last Thursday. Now a week on, Liam was discharged from the Royal Brisbane Hospital yesterday and is on the road to recovery.

The young man said he had never been happier to be alive as talked to the Morning Bulletin about his freak accident.

"One of my mates from work was driving a crane and we were shifting a D10 dozer blade with the push arms still attached," Liam said.

"I was holding onto the push arms of the dozer blade and walking it back into a new part of the paddock, down the back of the workshop that I knew quite well."

 

Annaliese McDonald and Liam Bates at CMC together. Liam was electrocuted last Thursday.
Annaliese McDonald and Liam Bates at CMC together. Liam was electrocuted last Thursday. Contributed

Liam said he and his mates always knew about the power lines as they were "all over the place" but forgot about the ones in that paddock that day.

"As I was walking backwards with the crane, holding onto the push arms and dozer blade, the crane made contact with the power lines," he said.

"At that point I was being shocked, the shocks went right through my body until it blew out of my feet and earthed onto the ground."

Liam's friend reversed off of the power lines and ran over to check on him.

"I had already collapsed and was laying on the ground but I remember right up to the last minutes before my eyes shut," he said.

"My mate who was driving the crane revived me three times before I came back to it and then a burning sensation came over me."

While being transported to hospital Liam's girlfriend, Annaliese McDonald who works in Rockhampton, received a call letting her know he had been electrocuted.

 

Annaliese McDonald and Liam Bates at CMC together. Liam was electrocuted last Thursday.
Annaliese McDonald and Liam Bates at CMC together. Liam was electrocuted last Thursday. contributed

Annaliese says March 22 was all a blur for her.

"I just remember completely breaking down in tears and thinking I have to get to him ASAP," she said.

"I had only left him at 5:55am that morning in Blackwater, and did not think it was nearly the last time we said goodbye to each other."

Annaliese flew straight to Brisbane and was there by the time Liam was.

"When they opened up the curtain, it was such a relief to see him, and know he was okay and still alive," she said.

"He had surgery on his feet where the burns where from the electricity exiting his body. He is fine now and is out of hospital, it's just a long road to recovery now."

Liam was thankful for the support he received from family, friends, his workplace and ambulance officers.

"With so much support, I'm on the road to recovery and with all the love and support behind me I'll be back strong."