Tararua man pinned loading bulldozer

11:42, Sep 29 2012

A man is in a serious condition in rural Tararua district after suffering multiple injuries while loading a bulldozer on to a truck this morning.

It is understood the 64-year-old man was loading the bulldozer on to a flat-bed transporter in remote Pongaroa when he became pinned at about 9.30am.

Senior constable David Kirk said the man was injured when one of the metal ramps used to load the bulldozer on to the truck fell on him.

''One of the ramps has fallen and caught him and injured him. He was considerable pain.''

He said the metal ramps weighed ''a substantial amount''.

Ambulance crews from Dannevirke and Pongaroa responded, and the rescue helicopter from Palmerston North was also called to help the man.


Palmerston North rescue helicopter pilot Todd Dunham said the man was lucky to have been discovered by a passing farmer, who found him curled up near his truck.

"He was either pulling it [the ramp] up or pulling it down and it came down on top of him. He has got a serious leg injury, he's got a head injury, he's got a chest injury and an injury to his back.

"They were impact injuries and lacerations ... the injuries he has suffered were quite traumatic to his body."

Due to the isolated location of the accident, it took some time for emergency services to arrive at the scene.

Rescue attempts were further hampered by poor weather. The rescue helicopter was forced to land at Makuri School in Pahiatua, about 40 minutes away by road.

The man was treated at the scene by ambulance before being taken to meet the helicopter.

He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital shortly after noon.

Pongaroa is 62 kilometres north-east of Eketahuna, and 60km south of Dannevirke.

The Dominion Post