Blenheim arborist seriously injured in fall

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 15:01 22/08/2014
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TREE WORK: The arborist had been working on a 100-year-old gum tree at Duncannon Backpackers and Worker Accommodation.

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A man has been seriously injured after falling 15 metres from a tree he was cutting down near Blenheim today.

The 30-year-old Blenheim arborist was felling a 100-year-old gum tree at Duncannon Backpackers and Worker Accommodation in Riverlands, south of Blenheim, when he fell about 12.15pm.

St John Ambulance Marlborough territory manager Murray Neal said the man suffered serious injuries to his back, both legs, and ankle.

He was conscious when St John transported him to Wairau Hospital in Blenheim.

It is understood a branch from the tree broke while the man was working on it, causing him to fall.

Nelmac have been contracted to fell the tree.

A representative from Work Safe New Zealand was expected on the site by 3.30pm.

The tree, which is dying, was scheduled to be felled earlier this month but bad weather caused the work to be delayed. The tree was to be cut into firewood and donated to Riverlands School to use for fundraising.

It was one of five at Duncannon Backpackers and Worker Accommodation, dating back to when the original homestead was built.

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