A 30-year-old farm worker was injured after he slipped on a potato harvesting machine Tuesday (Aug. 23) morning in the 4200 block of River Road in Ladner.
According to Delta Police, the man’s leg was drawn into the machine, trapping it up to the hip, resulting in a crushing injury.
Police responded to the distress call at 10 a.m. Delta Fire and Emergency Services managed to extricate the man who was subsequently flown by air ambulance to Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster for treatment.
It is reported the victim did not suffer any broken bones, but there is a concern the damaged sustained by the muscles and tissue in his leg may lead to further complications.
He is being held overnight for observation.
The man is a Mexican citizen, working in Canada on a government sanctioned farm worker’s program.
WorkSafe BC was notified and responded to the call. They have taken over the investigation.
The Delta Police Department would like to remind everyone who works around heavy equipment or power tools to be conscious of the dangers involved, and to operate the machinery within the specifications of the manufacturer.