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Woodchipper horror: 'There was nothing that could be done.'

A MAN has died a sickening death after being trapped in a woodchipper while working at a Goomboorian property on Sunday evening.

Two friends, who were working alongside the 54-year-old, desperately tried to free him as he was pulled into the machine, but police said the man died instantly.

Gympie police acting inspector Paul Algie said the circumstances were horrific, but the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

"He was placing a tree into a tree shredder; he's become entangled within the machine and has died as a result of his injuries.

"He was found by his two friends, they attempted to get him out of the machine and were unable to do so," he said.

The scene was one of the most harrowing he had come across in 16 years of policing, he said.

"I went out there this morning to speak to officers from Brisbane and I'd have to say it's one of the worst incident scenes I've ever seen," he said.

"There was nothing that could be done to save this gentleman."

The woodchipper that claimed the life of a man on Sunday evening being towed form a Goomboorian property on Monday.
The woodchipper that claimed the life of a man on Sunday evening being towed form a Goomboorian property on Monday. Frances Klein

He could not go into details about the man's injuries but said specialist police unit Disaster Identification Squad had been brought in from Brisbane to identify the man.

The three men had been using a hired woodchipper with a 15 inch blade, for the third weekend in a row, to help clear a woman's drive way when the horrendous event unfolded at 7.40pm.

A/Insp Algie said police and emergency workers who responded to the emergency call were confronted with a very traumatic scene.

A man died instantly when he fell into a wood chipper on a private property at Goomboorian on Sunday evening.
A man died instantly when he fell into a wood chipper on a private property at Goomboorian on Sunday evening. Frances Klein

"(They were) obviously dealing with the distressed people that were there, but also trying to process what they uncovered there around the tree shredder."

They would be offered support services, A/Insp Algie said, while Gympie police work with forensic crash police from Maryborough and Workplace Safety Queensland.

The machine will be impounded by police and subject to a mechanical inspection, with results from specialist engineers not expected for at least a week, he said.

The man's family had been notified.

Gympie police acting inspector Paul Algie.
Gympie police acting inspector Paul Algie. Frances Klein

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