Accident at Waikouaiti poultry farm leaves one injured

A person has been helicoptered to Dunedin Hospital after their leg got stuck in a roller at Mainland Poultry in Waikouaiti.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said crews from Palmerston and Waikouaiti stations were called to assist St John with reports of an industrial accident in Matanaka Dr about 10.40am.

Crews had assisted with patient care and further comment was referred to Worksafe and St John, the spokesman said.

Mainland Poultry CEO John McKay confirmed that an accident occurred at the company’s Waikouaiti site today and WorkSafe had been notified.

“Following an incident at one of our sites this morning, our health and safety manager is on her way to our Waikouaiti site to support the local team,” Mr Mckay said. 

“Our focus at this time is on ensuring our worker is supported and receives the care required. We will work closely with WorkSafe on an investigation in the coming days.”

A St John spokesperson said one person was flown to Dunedin Hospital in a moderate condition. 

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