• Luke O'Connor

Egg Boy restrained in the prone position

Updated: Apr 12, 2019

Earlier this week a young man, Will Connolly now known as Egg Boy rose to fame for 'Egging' Queensland Senator Fraser Anning.

Without going discussing the ins and outs of who was right and wrong and what points the senator was discussing at his rally. The scenes that followed the egging put the young Will Connolly at serious risk as you will see in the attached video

As you can see by the above video and photo, here we have Will Connolly 'pinned' to the floor by up to four adult males. One of which has him in a choke hold, whilst another pushes his head into the choke hold. Another male is lay across his abdomen, which in my opinion would limit diaphragmatic movement and lung function.

So why is this so dangerous?

Positional Asphyxia is a recognised cause of death. Positional Asphyxia occurs When compression of the trunk limits chest movements preventing the diaphragm moving up and down between the chest and the abdomen impairing breathing.

Factors that increase the risk of Positional Asphyxia also include, placing someone in the prone position, using neck holds which in turn put pressure on the carotid sinus and vagus nerve (Choke Hold)

It is very fortunate that Will was able to walk away from this situation as there are often some people who do not.

We here at LUPE Training offer advice and training in the use of physical intervention. We look at methods of restraint that have been medically tested to reduce the risks of injury.

Should you want any information regarding the dangers of restraints in the prone position or to discuss any training you may need. Please feel free to contact us.

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