Man on working visa killed at Primo

07 Apr, 2011

A build-up of ice is being blamed for the death of a Taiwanese national who was crushed in an abattoir freezer yesterday in front of his helpless friends.

The dead man, was cleaning out a blast freezer at the large Primo Smallgoods site at Scone when a five-metre-high ceiling gave way and fell on him about 7am.

He had been working at the plant for just over a month, was killed instantly as two friends working just metres away watched.

They had apparently been standing next to him less than two minutes before it happened and were only at the other end of the freezer when the block of ice hit him.

A section of the exterior wall was also cut so search and rescue officers could look at the interior freezer section.

Hunter Valley duty officer indicated that an ice build-up in the ceiling would have contributed to the collapse.

WorkCover NSW and police are conducting separate investigations into the incident.

Meatworkers union calls for full inquiry into roof collapse

Kath Evans, Secretary of the Northern NSW branch of the AMIEU says she wants to know if all areas of the plant are safe.

"From a worker perspective everyone going to work expects to be able to come home from work at the end of the day," she said.

"Unfortunately for one person this just isn't possible.