Man helping neighbour with gardening falls into woodchipper and dies

Sergio Conner
November 14, 2017

A 54 year-old man was killed in a harrowing scene north of Brisbane this week, after falling into an active wood chipper.

The 54-year-old was clearing trees on private property with three others when he was accidentally pulled into the chipper, police said.

The man, whose identity is not being released, was with two friends at the time of the accident.

The friends were reportedly doing a favour by clearing a driveway for a lady who owns the property.

"They're understandably extremely distressed over what's occurred", he said. So, they're obviously quite traumatised now, ' Inspector Algie told.

"Everyone's obviously very distressed and we're still trying to workout the circumstances as to who has seen what".

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

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The police have been in touch with the victim's family and they have been offered support.

"It's a horrendous thing to have to attend as a police officer - any sudden death - but these circumstances were absolutely shocking", Algie said.

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

Inspecter Agie said: "He [Mr Saunders] was placing a tree into a tree shredder, he's become entangled, the circumstances of which are now under investigation".

He urged the community to take care around machinery.

Police are preparing a report from the coroner.

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

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