Accident at Waikouaiti poultry farm leaves one injured

A person has been airlifted to Dunedin Hospital after their leg got stuck in a roller in an industrial accident at a Waikouaiti egg factory.

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.

The person had got their leg stuck in a roller, the spokesman said.

A Hato Hone St John spokesman said a helicopter attended and airlifted one patient to Dunedin hospital with moderate injuries.

Mainland Poultry chief executive John McKay confirmed the accident happened at the company’s Waikouaiti site in Matanaka Dr and WorkSafe had been notified.

It would work closely with WorkSafe on an investigation in the coming days, Mr McKay said.

The company’s health and safety manager was on her way to the site to support the local team.

"Our focus at this time is on ensuring our worker is supported and receives the care required," Mr McKay said.

A WorkSafe spokesman said it was making initial inquiries about the incident.

Investigators would not attend today but a non-disturbance notice for the scene had been issued.