Remarkable Tortillas back to full production, injured worker awaits third surgery

A worker suffered a serious arm injury at Remarkables Tortillas in Queenstown on Wednesday.
DASHA KUPRIENKO/FAIRFAX NZ

A worker suffered a serious arm injury at Remarkables Tortillas in Queenstown on Wednesday.

A Queenstown factory is back to full production as a worker who crushed his arm in a horrific accident awaits a third operation.

Remarkable Tortillas worker Daniel Figueroa, 19, is yet to find out if he will be able to move his wrist again after his arm was mashing in a conveyor on Wednesday.  

Figueroa was trying to get a stuck tortilla out of a machine when his arm was sucked into the conveyor.

Daniel's father, Christian Figueroa, said since being hospitalised in Dunedin his son had "okay and not so okay" days. It took four days before his arm stopped bleeding.

READ MORE: Queenstown worker's arm sucked into conveyor at Remarkable Tortillas

Christian said doctors were concerned about the future movement of his son's wrist, as the nerves were "badly damaged". 

"This is something we are dying to find out.

"We are still waiting on the evaluation whether he needs the third operation now or later," he said. 

The accident left bones protruding from Daniel's arm, and burnt his fingers.

"When we spoke to him last he said when it happened he felt there was a burning smell," his father said

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Russel Griffiths bought Remarkable Tortillas about two months ago and said the factory was back to full production.

"We've made some really good progress."

No one had been hired to replace Daniel yet, he said.

Griffiths was staying in touch with Daniel's family and said they had his sympathy, which Christian said was "very important".

All 10 staff, including Daniel, underwent introduction courses and went through appropriate training, Griffiths said.

Christian said Daniel started as a casual worker at the factory two months ago and began regular 3pm to 11pm shifts recently.

A WorkSafe New Zealand spokesperson said an investigation was still under way. It was not known how long it was take to complete.

 - Stuff

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