Bull attack at Albany beef plant sends man to hospital
Bull pinned the men at the Atlantic Beef Products plant in Albany, P.E.I.
Two people were injured Wednesday afternoon after a bull pinned the men in the handling area at the Atlantic Beef Products Plant in Albany, P.E.I.
The workers were trying to move the bull but were caught between the animal and the pen.
“The bull was in a pen that they wanted to get into another pen. So in an attempt to move the bull, they were caught between the pen and the bull. There were two people involved, there was one person sent to hospital,” said Bill Reid, Director of Occupational Health & Safety for the Workers Compensation Board of P.E.I.
“We are going to look at exactly what happened and our prime goal here is to prevent this from happening again. So we will be looking at any procedures or any training, equipment in place that could prevent this from happening again.”
RCMP and paramedics were called and a man in his 30s was taken to hospital with undisclosed injuries.
Reid said the WSB is in the very early stages of the investigation.
"We're going to be looking into the procedures and we'll be looking to exactly determine what happened, why it happened and how to prevent this from happening again. So we're going to make sure that the employer did take reasonable precautions to try to prevent something like this. With animal handling, there's always a certain risk involved. So we want to make sure that we mitigate those risks," he said.
The president of Atlantic Beef Products was not at the plant when the accident occurred.
He said he doesn't know the extent of the injuries at this time.
Atlantic Beef Products is the only federally inspected beef plant in the Maritimes.