Man lives after head impaled on meat works hook

A man's head has been impaled on a hook from a piece of equipment at a meat processing plant.

Ambulance spokesman Norm Ngatai said staff were alerted to the incident at the AFFCO meat works in Paengaroa, in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty, about 7.10pm.

"A man in his 40s [was] 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."

It took staff about an hour-and-a-half to safely remove the man from the hook, Mr Ngatai said.

His condition then improved, and he was taken to Tauranga Hospital in a moderate condition.



CCTV captures suspect in vicinity of cafe arson attack

CCTV captures suspect in vicinity of cafe arson attack

Public appeal launched seeking to identify person of interest.

Suspect detained after stab victim flown to Rocky hospital

Suspect detained after stab victim flown to Rocky hospital

In a serious condition with chest wounds, cut to the head.

Facebook to charge for group membership

Facebook to charge for group membership

YOU’LL soon have to pay a subscription fee to join some Facebook Groups.

Local Partners