… GRUESOME DISCOVERY
Investigation into fatal abattoir accident reveals
WORKPLACE Health and Safety
Queensland investigators have released details surrounding the tragic death of Jimmy Le, who died in a horrific accident while on the job at Western Meat Exporters in Charleville. The information comes exactly three months after an investigation was launched.
DETAILS of the death of Charleville abattoir worker Lê Tu n Nhã, also known Jimmy Le, have been revealed by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, three months on from the tragedy.
In a statement, they said he was crushed while manually handling goat carcasses, after a conveyor belt which would normally feed them into a ‘de-hairer’ machine stopped working.
“In July 2019, a worker was crushed to death when manually handling goat carcasses,” the statement read.
“He was trapped by a hydraulically operated stainless-steel bucket.
“A conveyor belt moves and loads carcasses into a hydraulically operated stainless-steel bucket. Once the bucket is loaded, it raises up and tips the carcasses into a ‘de-hairer’ machine.
“The conveyor belt stopped when the ‘de-hairer’ feeder machine failed, and workers manually unloaded carcasses into the stainlesssteel bucket.
“The worker was standing in the bucket when it unexpectedly began to raise.
“As the 46-year-old attempted to step out of the bucket, he slipped and became wedged under a steel lip on the machine.
“The bucket dropped to its ‘home’ position, crushing the man across the upper torso and stomach area.”
Investigators have been running an inquest into the 45-year-old’s death since the incident occurred on July 29, and it is still ongoing.
In the days following Mr Le’s death, tributes poured out from the community of Charleville, and a memorial service was held at Graham
“There is a sadness through our town,” Murweh Shire mayor Annie Liston told the Western Times in the days following the incident.
“I absolutely give my condolences to the family and friends of everyone around them, everyone’s struggling with this. Even people who didn’t get to know him are feeling for the family, and are here to support them.”
Paramedics were called to the abattoir at 1.08pm on July 29, and it was confirmed that Mr Le had died two hours later.
Western Meat Exporters is the largest goat abattoir in Australia, and processes tens of thousands of animals each week.
DETAILS REVEALED: Jimmy Le died following a workplace accident at Western Meat Exporters, Charleville.