Worker crushed at Midfield Meat

A MAN was fighting for his life on Monday night 22 June 2015 after a workplace accident at Warrnambool’s Midfield Meat abattoir.

The worker was rushed to Warrnambool Base Hospital with critical head injuries after the incident about 2.30pm.

He was latere flown to Melbourne’s The Alfred hospital.

Warrnambool policeman Sergeant Chris Moloney said the 37-year-old was believed to have been in the meatwork’s freezer room when he was hurt.

He said it was believed an overhead platform collapsed and fell about three metres, striking the man and causing life-threatening injuries.

Another worker suffered minor hand injuries, he said.

Sergeant Moloney said WorkSafe had been notified of the incident and would investigate the circumstances.

The badly injured worker was treated at the scene by ambulance officers before being taken to Warrnambool Base Hospital.

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman initially reported the man had been crushed, but not trapped.

The accident appears to have happened just inside one of the factory’s loading bays off Scott Street in the industrial estate, where emergency workers and Midfield employees had gathered.

Police, fire brigade and State Emergency Service crews also attended.