Falling tree kills forestry worker

Last updated 12:39 27/11/2012

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A forestry worker is dead after a tree fell on him in north Wairarapa this morning.

Whanganui man Reece Joseph Reid, 23, was crushed by the tree at 7.15am on a farm south of Pongaroa in remote northern Wairarapa.

Senior Sergeant Dylan Earle, of Dannevirke police, said the man was part of a 7-8 person crew, which had just started work for the day.

Reid was felling his first pine with a chainsaw when the incident happened, he said.

''He's felled the tree and it's become entangled in another tree.

''While he's then cutting the next tree, the first tree has come free and it's fallen on him.''

Reid was working in partnership with another person who was about 100 metres away in a loader at the time.

He was an experienced worker who had been with the Whanganui crew for about four months.

The area was not overly steep, Mr Earle said.

Investigators from the Business, Innovation and Employment Ministry also attended the scene.

They would conduct their own investigation.

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