Man trapped by roller: foot amputated

A Gisborne man has had his foot partially amputated after it was crushed by a 15 tonne roller.

The 34-year-old Fulton Hogan worker was trying to get the roller off the back of a trailer when it tipped sideways on to his foot yesterday. He was part of a road working team working near Pouawa, north of Gisborne.

A fire crew used airbags to lift the roller and free the trapped man. He was flown to Gisborne Hospital where he had to have part of his foot amputated. He was being transferred to Waikato Hospital today for further medical treatment.

The Labour group of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment had launched an investigation.

Fulton Hogan was also looking into how the accident happened.

East Coast regional manager Andrew Harvey said the company was offering the man and his family full support