Man loses foot in accident at Port of Tauranga

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UPDATED 4.27pm


This afternoon the Tauranga based TrustPower TECT rescue helicopter was tasked by Tauranga hospital to transfer a 41 year old Tauranga man to Waikato hospital.


The man had suffered an accidental amputation of his foot as a result of a work accident at the Port of Tauranga.


He was flown to Waikato hospital so surgeons could attempt to reattach the foot.


The man is currently in critical condition at Waikato Hospital


UPDATED: 1.33pm


The severed foot of a man involved in an accident at the Port of Tauranga was transferred to the hospital along with him this morning.


St John paramedic Gary Bishell said the 41-year-old man and his foot were transported to Tauranga Hospital via ambulance.


The foot was cut off by a wire rope, he said.


Genera Ltd fumigation, general and business development manager Mike Goss confirmed an employee had his foot cut off just above the ankle in a winch accident.


Mr Bishell said the man's workmates did a great job of administering first aid until ambulance staff arrived.


In such cases doctors will try to reattach the foot if viable, he said.


Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment communications advisor Mark Smith said three health and saftey inspectors were on site investigating the accident.


The ministry investigates all workplace accidents where someone is killed or seriously injured.


UPDATED: 12.25pm


A spokesperson at Tauranga Hospital has confirmed that the person injured at the Port of Tauranga this morning was a 41-year-old man. He has been transfered for treatment to Waikato Hospital.


UPDATED 11.42am:


A man's foot was chopped off when it became caught in a winch in a serious accident at the Port of Tauranga.


Genera Ltd fumigation, general and business development manager Mike Goss confirmed one of his staff members was working in the log yard at the Port of Tauranga when his foot got caught in a winch cutting his foot off just above the ankle about 10.30am.


"We're carrying out the investigation at the moment," he said.


St John paramedic Gary Bishell said a 41-year-old Tauranga man was taken to hospital with a serious leg injury. The man is in a stable condition, he said.


The scene of the accident has been closed off to allow police and the Department of Labour to conduct their investigation.


Port of Tauranga corporate services manager Sara Luman said the man was not a port staff member but was working for Genera, a biosecurity treatment provider.


EARLIER:


A person is being rushed to Tauranga Hospital after an accident at the Port of Tauranga.


St John paramedic Gary Bishell confirmed he was on the way to the hospital after picking up a patient at the port.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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