Charges after arm severed

A NORTH East business will face court next week after a woman’s arm was severed by a machine. 

The incident occurred at the Ellerslie Hop factory on Upper Fifteen Mile Creek Road in Myrrhee in March last year. 

The Malaysian woman’s arm was severed and badly damaged by the hop processing machine and had to be put on ice before she was airlifted to hospital. 

It’s believed the woman grabbed something attached to the shaft of the hop processing auger while cleaning, which pulled her arm into a belt and chain-driven machine.

The then-25-year-old’s husband also worked at the business. 

Her arm could not be reattached after the incident. 

The company – Ellerslie Hop Estate Proprietary Limited – is facing three charges brought by WorkSafe, including failing to maintain a safe workplace. 

The matter will be mentioned in the Wangaratta Magistrates Court on Monday.