12 Aug 2022

Foyle Proteins says factory worker who sustained head injury is expected to make 'full recovery'

A Derry factory worker who was hospitalised with a head injury following an “industrial incident” over the weekend is expected to make a “full recovery”. Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were deployed to the Foyle Proteins factory in the Temple Road area of Strathfoyle around 3.30pm on Friday, April 5. The injured man, aged in his thirties, was then transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Belfast in a road ambulance. A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said it attended the scene following reports of an “industrial incident, involving a male patient” at premises on the Temple Road. The injured party was assessed and initially treated at the scene before being transferred to RVH. Commenting this week, Leslie Otterson, of the Foyle Food Group, confirmed that the injured worker is indeed an employee at its Foyle Proteins plant. The company added that it is thankful the individual will make a full recovery. Ms Otterson commented: “I can confirm that there was an industrial Incident, at one of our plants on the Temple Road on Friday afternoon past, where an individual was removed to hospital. “I can confirm that the individual is doing well and will thankfully make a full recovery.” The Health and Safety Executive (HSENI) was informed of the incident by the emergency services and it is understood that a full investigation will now be carried out. HSENI is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for the Economy (DfE).  It is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland. Yesterday, a spokesperson said: “HSENI are aware of an incident at Foyle Meats, and are making enquiries.”

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