21 December 2018

Man taken to Canberra Hospital after trapping his fingers in meat mincer

| Lachlan Roberts
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A young man has been taken to Canberra Hospital after his fingers got trapped in a meat mincer at a Lanyon butcher M & K Meats on Thursday afternoon (20 December).

Around 1:30 pm, emergency services rushed to Lanyon Marketplace, Conder after reports of a “workplace incident”.

Paramedics and firefighters found a young male whose fingers were trapped in a meat mincer. Firefighters manually disassembled the meat mincer to free the man’s fingers.

Paramedics treated the patient at the scene before transferring him to the Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.

WorkSafe ACT commenced an investigation into the incident and is calling for members of the public who may have witnessed the accident to come forward.

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones said investigators were hoping to track down a female customer who was in M & K Meats at the Lanyon Market Place around 1:15pm on Thursday afternoon (20 December).

“We are very interested in talking to this customer and as part of our investigation as we work to understand how this incident may have occurred,” he said.

“I ask that the community member please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 as soon as possible and to advise that they were a witness to the work safety incident in Conder today – the caller will then be supported as required.”

Mr Jones said the investigation into the incident was ongoing. So far a Prohibition Notice had been placed on the meat grinding machine to prohibit its use while the investigation continues.

“This is a troubling incident to occur and WorkSafe ACT are actively working to determine the cause,” he said.

“While all of the factors leading to this incident are yet to be determined, I would like to reiterate my broad message to industry to not rush at this time of the year and always put safety at the forefront of all activity. Make sure you properly plan your activities and ensure all safety mechanisms and protections are in place and that procedures are followed.”

M & K Meats owners took to Facebook to tell their customers the reason behind the shop closing early yesterday.

“You may have already heard about an incident that occurred at the shop today, resulting in us closing early. As our valued customers we wanted to assure you that everything is ok,” the post read.

“Our young fella, Jack, was involved in an accident that resulted in a medium risk workplace injury. Paramedics attended and took him off to hospital. Still the owner of all ten fingers, he will be OK.

“We will be back to trading as usual from tomorrow, 8am-6.30pm. Thank you for your understanding, and to those of you who messaged through to make sure we were OK. Also a big thank you to ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire and Rescue for your prompt response and thorough care of our young bloke.”

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