Meat factory worker suffers face and head injuries after trapped in machinery at Little Wratting

Thursday 13 October 2011

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to launch an investigation after a man suffered facial and head injuries in an industrial accident.

The injured man worked at Vion Food at Little Wratting. The company makes pork products including bacon and sausages.

The man was injured after becoming trapped in the machinery. He was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

However both the HSE and Vion have refused to say whether the injured man is still in hospital, or whether he is likely to be returning to work.

The accident happened on Thursday shortly before 12.45pm.

Gary Sanderson, spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said it sent a rapid response car, an ambulance to the scene while the East Anglian Air Ambulance also attended the incident.

Mr Sanderson said: “A man who we believe to be in his 40s sustained facial and head injuries.

“Following treatment, stabilisation and immobilisation by paramedics and the critical care team from the helicopter, he was taken by land ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire.”

Both the company and the Health and Safety Executive have said the accident is now being investigated.

John Evans, spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said: “The HSE are aware of the incident and will be investigating to find out what happened.”

Robert Smith, group communications controller for Vion said: “As is standing operating procedure for such incidents, an investigation is already underway.”

But Mr Smith refused to answer questions about how the man is. Instead he said it was down to the man’s family if they wanted to release such information.

The HSE also refused to give further details.

The hospital can only provide information under a search by patient name – the man’s identity has not been made public.