Abattoir worker crushed to death by cow carcass - Scotland

By Sarah Rainey 18 Nov 2011

The young man, who has not been named, was taken to hospital after the incident but died from his injuries.

It is believed he was trapped when the heavy carcass fell on top of him.

He suffered serious head injuries in the accident, which happened at the Sandyford abattoir in Paisley, Renfrewshire, just after 1pm on Thursday.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been informed about the death and is looking into the circumstances.

Strathclyde Police said an investigation had been launched and a report would be sent to the procurator fiscal.

A spokesman said: "A 23-year-old man sustained serious injuries after being crushed by the carcass of a cow at Sandyford abattoir in Paisley at around 1.05pm.

"He was taken to the Royal Alexandria Hospital, where he died a short time later.

"Inquiries into the incident are continuing, the HSE has been informed and is in attendance."

Last month, police launched an investigation at the same abattoir after a 42-year-old worker was shot in the leg when a gun went off by accident during "a bit of horseplay" with a work colleague.

The man, originally from Poland, was rushed to hospital with an airgun pellet lodged in his leg.

The abattoir, based on the town's Sandyford Road, slaughters cattle and sheep for on-site meat wholesalers and individual butchers.

A spokesman for the company said staff were unable to comment about either incident.