Man killed in hedge-trimming accident named

04:17, Jun 27 2013

Police have named the man who died in a freak hedge-trimming accident in North Canterbury today.

Nigel David Spackman, 34, of Culverden, was killed in the accident in Leader Rd, between Waiau and Cheviot, about 9.40am.

Police said Spackman was working as a contractor trimming hedges using an industrial hedge trimmer alongside the road.

Initial inquiries indicated he stepped down from the machine and walked in front of the trimming blade, which was still operating, suffering serious head injuries.


Sergeant Graeme Crosson said Spackman was working with two colleagues and had been operating the trimming tractor just before the accident.

"We don't know why, but he's walked around and into the spin blade as it was still moving," he said. 

The man's workmates, one of whom saw the accident, phoned emergency services. 

They tried to resuscitate him, but he died at the scene.

Both men were "very, very upset", Crosson said.

The man's body was removed about 1.45pm and the road reopened shortly after 2pm.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said it had started an investigation into the accident. 

The death will be referred to the coroner.

The Press