A butcher dies after being run over by a pig in Hong Kong | world news

A butcher reportedly died trying to slaughter a pig in Hong Kong last Friday.

The 61-year-old butcher was knocked to the ground by the struggling pig and injured by a 15-inch meat cleaver, according to city police.

The butcher had already shot the pig with an electric stun gun and was about to kill the animal when he regained consciousness and knocked it down, according to CNN.

A colleague found the man unconscious with a wound in his left foot and a cleaver in his hand. He was taken to hospital and later pronounced dead.

Hong Kong police said the cause of death has yet to be determined.

The butcher worked in the slaughterhouse in Sheung Shui, in the northern suburbs of Hong Kong, near its border with mainland China.

The Hong Kong Labor Department has reportedly opened an investigation.

He said he was “saddened by the death and expresses his deepest sympathy to his family”.

“We will complete the investigation as soon as possible to identify the cause of the accident, determine the responsibility of those responsible and recommend measures for improvement,” the department said.

“We will take action in accordance with the law in the event of a violation of the occupational safety legislation.”

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