ALBANY, P.E.I. – A worker at Atlantic Beef Products in Albany, near Borden-Carleton, was taken to Prince County Hospital in Summerside with undetermined injuries Wednesday after being struck by a bull.
The man was working with the animals at the plant when the incident occurred.
East Prince RCMP said the 31-year-old and was transported by ambulance to hospital.
A detachment spokesman said provincial Occupational Health and Safety officials are dealing with the matter.
Bill Reid, director of Occupational Health and Safety, said officials were on the scene shortly after the incident occurred
“We’re still investigating right now,” he said late Wednesday afternoon. “We have an officer there. When we got there, there was a worker that was taken to hospital after contact with a bull.”
Reid said the incident occurred when the worker was attempting to remove a bull from a pen.
“We’re still investigating what happened and why it happened,” he said.
Reid said there was another person involved in the incident however they were not seriously injured.
“There was originally someone else in the pen and then they got a more experienced handler to do it, and that’s the person who was taken by ambulance to the hospital,” he said. “I’m not sure of the extent of the injuries. I think the first person might have been bumped too, but they weren’t taken by ambulance to the hospital.”
There were no details available as to the extent of the injuries the man received.
“We’re going to be looking at any procedures that were in place to do this as safely as possible and any equipment and training and make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” Reid said.
Incorporated in 2003, Atlantic Beef Products is a state-of-the-art federally inspected meat plant that processes cattle from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
A new management team took over the plant last November.
Prior to that the plant was losing as much as $3 million a year, leaning on a contribution from the provincial government of $1.5 million per year.
The new management team said they are seeing “progress” with their margins however updated financial information for the co-operative run plant have not been released.