Man's arm caught elbow-deep in mincer

2012-03-20 17:08

Johannesburg - A Potchefstroom man got his arm stuck in a mincing machine while working at a packing facility in the town on Tuesday, Netcare 911 said.

"His arm up until the point of his elbow was drawn into the machine," said paramedic Jeffrey Wicks.

Initial reports were that he had been feeding meat into the mincer when his hand got caught in the moving parts of the machine.

Paramedics arrived at the scene in Promosa to find him standing with his arm caught in the mincer.

They immediately started treating him while fire fighters removed the machine from its fastenings.

The man was stabilised then rushed to hospital with the machine still attached to his arm.

He was in a critical condition.

Wicks said it was unlikely that his arm would be saved.

The hospital he was taken to declined to give information about his condition.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-20 17:15

    Ag shame, man! Poor guy, I hope they can save his arm, and that he gets better soon. Bloody hell, gave me chills just reading the article - must have been flipping painful.

      Juan - 2012-03-20 17:21

      Yeah those things happen when you are careless. There's an attachement that must be used to push the meat down the shout, you shouldn't be using your hands or your arm will become part of the minced meat

      david.lebethe - 2012-03-20 17:27

      It must be painful. Sorry to the guy and hope he didn't hurt his nerves and would be able to make use of his hand again. Even though he would not have a claim against the employer, legally speaking, I trust the employer will processing the necessary forms for UIF so as to lessen the burden on his income and general maintenance on his family.

      Sharon - 2012-03-20 17:34

      Lets hope for his sake that his employer is registered and up to date with the Compensation Commissioner, and that all safety regulations were followed.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-20 17:55

      Askies tog,

      Multi - 2012-03-20 18:27

      'Wicks said it was unlikely that his arm would be saved' so i doubt he'll make it with an intact arm. I'm just hoping They can save it up to or past the elbow to allow for better mobility and something to attach a prosthesis to.

  • tripledunny - 2012-03-20 17:28

    Saw this on Grey's Anatomy and they totally saved the dude's arm come now make it happen Mc Dreamy.

      Karmah - 2012-03-20 18:23

      Great episode that was, but it was Dr Tores and Dr grey that saved teh arm ;p

  • Thokozane - 2012-03-20 17:35

    This must have been very painful, I hope he gets well.

  • Jaco - 2012-03-20 17:35

    Wow, that sounds painful. We all make mistakes, I guess not everyone of them cause you to loose your arm though..

  • Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-03-20 17:37


      Charles - 2012-03-20 18:11

      I got goose bumps reading this. May he have a speedy recovery.

  • william - 2012-03-20 18:37

    Anyone for Spaghetti Bolognese???????

      Eduardo - 2012-03-21 12:16

      hope you never have to endure an industrial accident you great big prick

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-03-20 19:10

    Damn, and i am having mince and macaroni for supper (. .')

      Eduardo - 2012-03-21 12:44

      you are an absolute figment of anal imagination, in fact you are a wanker of any description

  • Eduardo - 2012-03-21 12:11

    just goes to show how important regular safety training is needed in factories of any natue

      Henry - 2012-03-21 14:23

      Hi, The problem with this kind of thing is behaviour of personnel. They would probably have had some kind of training and the Pusher Rod supplier. He was then to lazy to fetch the pusher stick with the resultant consequences. Who is then to blame?

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