Winch victim recovering at home

By Staff reporter

A man whose foot was severed in an accident at the Port of Tauranga has been discharged from hospital.

The 41-year-old spent more than a week in Waikato Hospital following the accident last Wednesday morning.

The Tauranga man, a Genera staff member, was working in the log yard at the Port about 10.30am on October 10 when his foot was cut off just above the ankle by a wire rope that was part of a winch.

St John Mount Maunganui area manager Gary Bishell said the man and his foot were transported to Tauranga Hospital via ambulance.

Hospital staff treated the man for about an hour before the the Tauranga based TrustPower TECT rescue helicopter flew him to Waikato Hospital for surgery.

The severed foot was put on ice and taken with the man to Waikato Hospital but it could not be reattached.

Following surgery, the man was in a stable condition in a ward. He was released earlier today, a Waikato Hospital spokesperson said.

Genera Ltd fumigation, general and business development manager Mike Goss said an investigation was underway into the circumstances surrounding the accident.

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 who operate on port owned land.

The scene of the accident was closed off to allow police and the Department of Labour to conduct their investigation, she said.

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

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

Tauranga police Senior Sergeant Mark Holmes said police had been at the port but the investigation was in the hands of the Ministry.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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