A 72-year-old Nelson man has been transferred to Christchurch Hospital in a critical condition after a "freak" tree-felling accident near Seddon on Wednesday.
The man was initially flown to Nelson Hospital after he was flung about 3 metres into the air when a tree he was cutting on a property east of Seddon snapped.
It is the second tree-felling incident in the area in a month, after a 44-year-old man was airlifted to Nelson Hospital on October 4, when a tree he was cutting at a Grassmere Rd property rolled on to his legs.
That incident was reported to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment and was being investigated by its Health and Safety group.
The ministry's lead communications adviser Mark Scott said the group had six months to complete its investigation and determine whether any enforcement action was necessary.
The ministry had not been notified of Wednesday's incident, Mr Scott said.
The man was treated by a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic from the Westpac rescue helicopter and the Seddon Fire Brigade.
Life Flight crewman Dave Greenberg said the man suffered multiple injuries which were not life-threatening.
"He was quite lucky that he did not follow the tree, which fell approximately 10 metres down a bank," he said.
- The Marlborough Express