Worker loses his hand after it gets stuck in a grinder at a Brooklyn food factory as he loaded fish into the machinery

A worker at a New York food factory lost his hand in a piece of machinery after it was mangled in a grinder, according to officials and witnesses.

The unidentified man reportedly lost his right hand while working at Flaum Appetizing in Brooklyn when the workplace accident occurred around noon Friday.

At the time, he had been putting fish in the grinder and at several points had turned it off and removed the cover to check on the fish, a coworker told the New York Daily News.

A food factory worker reportedly lost his right hand while working at Flaum Appetizing in Brooklyn, New York (pictured) when the workplace accident occurred around noon on Friday

A food factory worker reportedly lost his right hand while working at Flaum Appetizing in Brooklyn, New York (pictured) when the workplace accident occurred around noon on Friday

However, he apparently forgot to turn it off the last time when his hand got stuck in the machinery, the co-worker said.

He was transported to Elmhurst Hospital where he is being treated for trauma to a limb, a New York City Fire Department spokesman told Dailymail.com.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, is in stable condition and his injuries are serious but non-life threatening, the spokesman said.

Flaum Appetizing, which makes hummus and kosher food, did not immediately respond to Dailymail.com’s request for comment.

The kosher-food manufacturer made headlines in 2012 when it agreed to pay 20 former workers $577,000 in back wages and other compensation as part of a settlement.

The settlement ended years of litigation after the case began in 2008 when 17 of the workers were laid off after protesting unpaid wages and working conditions at the company’s Williamsburg factory, according to the New York Times.  

Flaum Appetizing, which makes hummus and kosher food, did not immediately respond to Dailymail.com's request for comment

Flaum Appetizing, which makes hummus and kosher food, did not immediately respond to Dailymail.com’s request for comment