The wife of a man crushed between two trucks near Auckland
airport this morning is by his bedside as he remains in a
critical condition in hospital.
Emergency services were called to a commercial premises in
Laurence Stevens Drive at Auckland Airport about 4.45am this
morning where the man was found between two trucks.
It appeared the man had been trapped for some time before
being found, police said.
Fire and ambulance staff administered CPR and worked for some
time to stabilise the man before he was taken to Middlemore
Hospital in a critical condition.
LSG Sky Chefs NZ general manager Jaap Roest said the injured
man was a warehouse employee who was "getting a vehicle ready
for use" when the incident occurred.
"We are hoping our colleague will be ok. We're investigating
The injured man was working by himself at the time, however
there were other LSG employees in the area, Mr Roest said.
He denied the man was trapped for a length of time before
emergency services were notified, but said the details of
exactly what happened were subject to investigation.
"There were other people in the building and apparently
another employee heard it happen and went to assist him
The man was crushed by a small, refrigerated vehicle used to
deliver food to petrol stations and other external customers
around Auckland, Mr Roest said.
"The truck moved into another parked truck and our employee
The man was an employee of a company recently purchased by
LSG and had worked for the company since 2012, Mr Roest said.
The man's wife, who also worked for LSG, and two other
employees from the company were at the hospital supporting
them, he said.
The company was holding meeting with employees to discuss the
incident, he said.
A Counties Manukau DHB spokeswoman said the man remains in a
critical condition at Middlemore Hospital.
WorkSafe NZ, the Government department responsible for
workplace accidents, said they had been notified of the
incident and were investigating.
The police serious crash unit was also investigating.
The incident comes just a month after Lupton Carriers
employee Simon Melgren died after being crushed between two
trucks at his workplace in Henderson.
The 56-year-old was survived by his three teenage children of
whom he had sole care since their mother Rhondda died in June
Service and Food Workers Union spokeswoman Andrea Rushton
said although the man injured in today's incident wasn't a
union member, many of his co-workers were and were "obviously
shaken up by it". They were being supported by Victim
Support, she said.