A Manawatu man has died after being crushed into the trunk of a tree he was pruning when his safety gear became ensnared.
Emergency services were called to a Seddon St house in Feilding about 11.55am after the incident occurred, while the man, in his 60s, was in the process of felling a tree at the front of a property.
The incident is believed to have occurred when the safety equipment holding the man became caught as he cut a limb from the tree, pulling him into the trunk and crushing him.
Feilding sergeant Kaine Austin said the man was suspended from the tree following the accident and had to be cut down.
An investigation has been launched and police would be working to clarify the exact order of events that led to the fatal incident over the coming days, he said.
Police were speaking to witnesses and Worksafe had also been notified.
Initial reports of the man being electrocuted were incorrect, but police did have the power turned off on the street to ensure the area was safe, Austin said.
Police were in the process of notifying rest of the man's family ahead of releasing his name.
The matter has been referred to the coroner.
- The Dominion Post