Authorities say loader death was not work related

Police investigate a death at an Avoca St address.
Police investigate a death at an Avoca St address.

UPDATE 10.33AM: The death of a 65-year-old man at West Bundaberg yesterday has been ruled out as a workplace incident.

A Workplace Health and Safety Queensland spokesman said the man was working with a skid-steer loader at his home when the tragic accident unfolded. 

"After making inquiries and attending site, WHSQ will not be investigating the death of a man at Bundaberg," the spokesman said. 

"Inspectors have spoken with QPS and the man's former employer and established this incident is not work related, even though it involves a bobcat."




Police investigate an incident in a shed on Avoca St West Bundaberg.
Police investigate an incident in a shed on Avoca St West Bundaberg. Craig Warhurst



UPDATE 7.26AM: POLICE have confirmed the death of a 65-year-old man killed in a skid-steer loader accident yesterday.

The man died after being crushed by a vehicle he had been working on in Bundaberg.

A Queensland Police media spokesman said emergency services crews were called to an address on Avoca St about 5.30pm.  

"There we located a 65-year-old man deceased," the spokesman said.   

"There is no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.  

"A report will be prepared for the coroner."

It is understood the man was found under the bucket of a skid-steer loader he was servicing at a unit complex.

Paramedics were called to the scene but the man could not be revived.

Two Worksafe inspectors have made inquiries in relation to the incident.

Residents of the street have been interviewed by emergency services.


UPDATE 7.30PM: Undertakers have arrived at the scene of a skid-steer loader incident in Avoca. 



EARLIER: Emergency crews have rushed to a serious incident in Avoca involving a skid-steer loader. 

Early reports suggest a man is trapped, though his exact condition is not known. 

As of 6pm, two fire crews and two ambulance crews were on scene at the Avoca Villas units on Avoca St.

Residents of the street were being interviewed by emergency services. 

A police photographer was on scene and multiple police were investigating the area.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman said the incident was called in at 5.45pm. 

Workmen from Beasley's Hydraulic Services had arrived on-scene. 

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