Cleaner sues meatworks for $1m

A WOMAN who suffered bad injuries after her arm was trapped in a moving conveyor belt at a Rockhampton meatworks is suing for nearly $1 million.

Nehaben Jayeshkumar Patel, 33, now has a dozen bolts and two plates in her right arm and more than 20cm of scarring following the 2006 incident.

In a claim lodged with the Supreme Court at Rockhampton, it says Ms Patel was working as a cleaner, hosing down the conveyor belt when her sleeve caught.

“The plaintiff was required to squat next to the conveyor belt to hose out a large piece of meat that had become caught in the conveyor,” it says.

“As the plaintiff did this, the sleeve became caught on the unguarded belt, which resulted in her right arm being drawn into the conveyor.”

Her injuries are listed as fractures to her right arm and index finger, a hand injury and scarring below the right elbow.

She has undergone surgery and may have to undergo more. The claim says the incident has impacted on her life, including curtailing her recreational, social and sporting activities.

It says the company, Consolidated Meat Group Limited, failed to provide a safe system and place of work.

Information provided in an original application to the court to start the legal proceedings said the two plates and about 12 or 13 screws inserted in Ms Patel's arm had not been removed.

A spokesman for Consolidated Meat Group Limited yesterday declined to comment.

The claim is for $963,455.

The Morning Bulletin understands the claim is yet to be served on Consolidated Meat Group Limited.

Her injuries are listed as fractures to her right arm and index finger, a hand injury and scarring below the right elbow


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