Aug 2018 | Pianist's hands crushed in abattoir accident on Australian gap year

Date: 23 Aug 2018

Source: SBS

A gap year in Australia was Yun Kim's chance to further her love of music.

In September 2016, the aspiring musician - who played piano and flute - said goodbye to her family in South Korea to embark on her adventure.

“I just want to make my own music [so] I thought I should study English more, for music,” the 22-year-old from Paju, north of Seoul, told SBS News.

To fund her aspirations, and develop her language skills, she began a job at an abattoir in Victoria’s south-east, on a one-year 417 Working Holiday visa.

But several months in, Ms Yun’s life changed forever when she was injured in a horrific workplace incident.

Her hands were crushed when they were caught in the chains of a ‘hide puller’ machine, used to strip a cow carcass of its leather.

“The chains kept rolling. The chain, just rolling, it kept rolling,” she said.