Meat factory worker seriously injured after reaching into a slicer he thought was off

A meat plant worker is complaining of an injury to his arm after he got caught in the blades of a meat machine while cleaning.

ohnwin Turner told the High Court his left arm was pulled into the machine at the Liffey Meats factory in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan and he had to wait two hours to be freed as the machine had to be dismantled.

Mr Turner. who was 21 at the time of the accident on May 7, 2015, told the court how he tried to loosen a piece of raw meat in the machine that had previously been used to mince meat for burgers.

He said he was instructed to “pre-clean” the machine and he could see the raw cut of meat under the rotary knives.

He turned off the machine and tried to loosen it with a water hose and pole.

He then reached into the machine with his left arm, thinking the machine was off at that point.

He said his arm was pulled into the machine and he was in severe pain and many people came to help him.

Interrogated by Kieran Fleck SC for Liffey Meats, he agreed his failure to look inside the machine was reckless on his part, but he said no one told him not to put his hand in the machine and he try to do his job

Mr Turner, 29, of Station Manor, Tullow, Co Carlow, had sued his previous employer, Liffey Meats, over the accident.

It is alleged that there was a failure to take precautions for his health and safety while lawfully carrying out his work duties. There was also an alleged failure to provide adequate safety equipment, training or supervision.

It was also claimed that he had not been warned of the danger he was allegedly facing. Allegedly, he was not taught properly or at all how to clean the meat machine.

Mr Judge Garrett Simons was told that liability had been admitted in the case, but Liffey Meats alleged there was alleged negligence on the part of Mr Turner.

Opening the case, Michael J McMahon SC, Mr Turner’s attorney hired by Homs Assist Attorneys, told the court the young man had “terrific injuries” including a significant open fracture to his left radius and ulna as well as a “degloving” injury on left forearm. He said Mr Turner had an extremely weak left arm.

The case will continue on Thursday. Meat factory worker seriously injured after reaching into a slicer he thought was off

Fry Electronics Team

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