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Canterbury meat worker's hand cut off

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/03/2017

A Canterbury meat worker who had only been on the job for four days has had his hand cut off.

WorkSafe is investigating the incident that occurred at Alliance Group's Smithfield meat processing plant in Timaru on Friday.

NZ Meat Workers Union Canterbury secretary Bill Watt said it appeared the man's hand had been caught in an auger.

"It has been reported to me by the company his hand was severed below the wrist," he said.

"He was working on his own ... [and] that was his fourth day at work."

"It is life changing [for him]."

Following the incident the man was treated in Timaru Hospital with Alliance offering support to his family and friends, the group's general manager processing, Kerry Stevens, said.

She said Alliance had launched its own inquiry and was co-operating fully with WorkSafe.

Mr Watt said the man was a union member and was sore and depressed following the incident, according to his wife.

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