Falling tree kills forestry worker

Last updated 12:39 27/11/2012

Relevant offers

Wairarapa

Tramper found in Tararua Forest Park History you can hold in your hand Park's $2.2m redevelopment under way Wairarapa house prices stagnate Opposition to Wairarapa dam grows Man charged for fire at house he owns with ex partner Ear bitten in drunken assault Farmer knocked into gully by falling tree Diesel spill covers Hill Rd Wairarapa-Auckland link needs 'support'

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.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

How many coffees do you have a day?

5 or even more

3-4

2

1

Anything from 1-5.

Don't touch the stuff.

Vote Result

Related story: Coffee as we know it at risk of dying

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content