A man is in a stable condition today after being impaled
through his head by a hook on a piece of equipment at a Bay
of Plenty meat works yesterday.
Ambulance staff were alerted to the incident at the Affco
meat works in Paengaroa about 7.10pm, ambulance spokesman
Norm Ngatai said.
"A man in his 40s [has been] impaled by a spreader. A
spreader is what keeps the...legs of a cow open.
"He's been caught up on that through the back of the head
into the face."
The Te Puke man, in his 40s was today in a stable condition
at Tauranga Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Mr Ngatai told Radio New Zealand it was a horrifying
situation for the man.
During the 90-minute ordeal the man was standing while
emergency staff worked to free him.
"We were quite concerned for the patient so we facilitated a
conference call with our clinical support desk and our
medical adviser, along with crews on the scene.
"And the purpose of the plan was just to find a way to
extricate the patient with minimal risk."
Once the plan was initiated, the man was able to move away to
free himself from the spreader, Mr Ngatai said.
The man was conscious for the entire procedure, he said.