Lessons learnt from gruesome accident
Bay of Plenty dairy farmer Paul Walker counts his lucky stars he only lost one finger and not his whole hand in a grisly accident on his Pongakawa farm.
“It was a really busy time of year and I hadn’t had a break for a while. We had come out of calving and were into mating,” says Paul.
“One morning after milking, my wife phoned to say there was an issue with the house water.”
He shut down the machinery in the shed but turned it back on because he heard an unusual sound in the belt.
“I went to have a look and for some unknown reason I put my hand into the belt, in the gap in the middle, and my hand went through the pully.”
He says the accident happened so quickly that he thought he was fine.
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