Poowong - Abattoir worker caught in mincer

February 03, 2011 11:42AM

AN abattoir worker has suffered serious injuries to his arm after being caught in a food mincing machine, paramedics say.

Ambulance Victoria paramedics treated the 27-year-old man at an abattoir at Poowong, southeast of Melbourne, just after 8am (AEDT) today.

The man was then flown to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne where he had his right arm amputated below the elbow.

Intensive care flight paramedic Cam Robertson said the man suffered significant injuries.

"His workmates had provided first aid to him to help reduce the bleeding," Mr Robertson said.

Mr Robertson gave the man some pain relief and anti-nausea medication.