Man killed in forestry incident

00:03, Dec 19 2013

The 20-year-old Levin man killed while felling trees today was a hard worker with lots of experience, his aunt says.

The man was working on a forestry block when he was struck by a falling tree at the site on State Highway 1, near Oturoa Rd, Levin, at 6:45am.

The man's colleagues immediately called emergency services and he was given first aid, but he died at the scene.

The news came as a shock to the man's aunt.

"What can I say? I don't know how his mum and dad are going to deal with this, I don't know how I will," she said.

"They're a bloody good family".

He was a hard worker and an experienced woodcutter, she said

"As soon as it's light, they're up there."

The road to the forestry block was blocked by two police cars. A hearse left the scene shortly after 10am.

Police have referred the matter to WorkSafe New Zealand to investigate.

The man's name will not be released until his family have been told. 

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