Ernest Adams worker lands up in hospital

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 12:04 24/11/2012

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A Palmerston North factory bakehouse is under investigation after a worker's hand was badly damaged in a piece of machinery.

Business, Innovation and Employment Ministry spokesman Mark Smith confirmed its investigators were at Goodman Fielder's Ernest Adams site in Botanical Rd.

The investigation came about after a man injured his hand in machinery on Thursday.

The man was first taken to Palmerston North Hospital but has since been transferred to Hutt Hospital, near Wellington.

Ernest Adams is owned by Goodman Fielder, an Australasian company which also owns Meadow Fresh, Edmonds and other food brands.

The factory produces baked goods, including biscuits, tarts, slices, cakes, fruit puddings and pastry.

Goodman Fielder spokesman Ra Fletcher confirmed an employee was injured at the factory, but said production had not been halted.

"The incident occurred in an isolated area of the plant and the rest of the site remains fully operational," he said.

"Our immediate focus is on ensuring this employee receives the requisite medical attention and that he and his family are supported."

Mr Fletcher said Goodman Fielder was also investigating the incident, and would fully co-operate with the ministry.

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