Queensland man dies after falling into a woodchipper

| 14.11,17. 06:55 AM |

Queensland man dies after falling into a woodchipper

A man has died a horrific death after falling into a woodchipper. Picture: David CairdSource:News Corp Australia

A QUEENSLAND man has died after accidentally falling through a woodchipper on a property in Gympie, north of Brisbane.

In a press conference this afternoon, Acting Inspector Paul Algie said the way the man died was “absolutely shocking”.

“It’s a horrendous thing to have to attend as a police officer — any sudden death — but these circumstances were absolutely shocking,” he told the ABC .

“Everyone’s obviously very distressed and we’re still trying to work out the circumstances as to who has seen what.”

The 54-year-old man was clearing the driveway of a rural property at Goomborian, Gympie with two friends on Sunday night when the incident occurred.

None of the men were contractors and were there to help the person who owns the property.

“They are all friends and they were doing a favour for the lady that owns the property sadly,” Maryborough Forensics Inspector Steve Webb told Channel Nine.

Insp Algie said the two men who were with the man when the incident occurred were “extremely distressed”.

“They’re understandably extremely distressed over what’s occurred,” he said.

“They’re very traumatised as a result of what’s happened and police are assisting them obviously in any way we can in terms of ongoing welfare needs.”

First responders and anyone investigating the incident have also been offered support services.

According to police, the man died instantly and his death is currently being treated as an accident.

Acting Inspector Algie could not yet say if the man had been using the woodchipper unsafely or incorrectly.

Officers from the Sunshine Coast’s Workplace Health and Safety team are currently investigating and police are preparing a report for the coroner.

Forensic crash officers and the diaster victim identification unit from Brisbane are also “still trying to ascertain” how it happened.


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