No one was performing CPR on Jason when ambos arrived
PARAMEDICS have given evidence that no one was performing CPR on Jason Garrels when they arrived at the building site where he was fatally electrocuted.
Jason was lying in muddy water when Queensland Ambulance Service workers Sarah Best (then Windsor) and Matthew Davenport arrived on site.
The 20-year-old had been electrocuted on February 27 in 2012 after moving a temporary switchboard, which had not been isolated from the power source, at the residential development where he worked at a builder's labourer.
A Coronial Inquest into Jason's death was previously told colleagues had performed CPR on Jason after he collapsed and while others were on the phone to emergency services.
"Having been told that you would assume to see it when you arrived," Ms Best said over the phone
Mr Davenport, who was driving, said he was unable to manoeuvre the ambulance to where Jason was lying on the ground and had to stop about 50 metres away.
It was because the ground was wet and muddy he was worried the ambulance might be bogged, he told the court over the phone.
There were delays in using a defibrillator on Jason because he was lying in water.
Ms Best said they needed to dry him off and move him to where the ambulance was parked.
Ms Best explained it was not possible to use a defibrillator where there's water.
Jason's father, Michael Garrels, who is representing the family in the inquest, asked if Jason may have been saved had CPR been performed until paramedics arrived.
"I don't know if anything could have changed the outcome," Ms Best said.
Early defibrillation can make a difference but there would still have been a delay in relation to Jason's situation because he had to be moved, the court was told.
Counsel assisting the coroner John Aberdeen asked Mr Davenport if the state of the building site contributed to the delay in getting Jason to hospital.
"It was the water and the rain causing the problem," Mr Davenport responded.
Mr Garrels took the time to thank, on behalf of his family, both Ms Best and Mr Davenport for the work they did on Jason.