A butcher died while trying to butcher a pig in Hong Kong on Friday, city police said.
The 61-year-old butcher, who works at the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse on the northern outskirts of the city, near the border with mainland China, was knocked to the ground by the struggling pig and sustained a wound from a piece of meat. 40 centimeters (15 inches) long. knife, police told CNN.
Police said the butcher was about to kill the pig – which he shot with a stun gun – when it regained consciousness and knocked him out.
A colleague found the man unconscious with a knife in his hand and a wound to his left leg, police said. He was taken to the hospital and later confirmed dead.
Police said the cause of death has not yet been determined.
The city’s Labor Department said it had opened an investigation.
“The Department of Labor is deeply saddened by this person’s death and expresses its deepest sympathies to his family,” it said in a statement.
“We will complete the investigation as soon as possible to determine the cause of the accident, determine the responsibility of those on duty, and recommend improvement measures. We will take legal action if there are any safety violations,” a ministry spokesman said.
The city’s Food and Environmental Sanitation Department, which manages the cattle slaughterhouses, offered its condolences to the man’s family in a statement.