One of New Zealand's largest meat processors has been ordered to pay more than $50,000 after an employee was impaled on a meat hook.
Night cleaner Jason Matahiki was working at an Affco New Zealand plant in August 2014 when the hook went in below his left ear and exited near his left eye, trapping him for more than 30 minutes.
His screams alerted other co-workers who came to his aid.
Two major muscles were punctured and his cheek bone was also fractured with Mr Matahiki continuing to have ongoing headaches and pain when moving his jaw.
Affco were fined $30,000 and ordered to pay $25,000 in reparations in the Tauranga District Court today after failing to take all practicable steps to ensure health and safety at work.