Coroner to investigate man's death

A REPORT will be prepared for the coroner following the death of a man in a bulldozer accident.

A police statement said a 68-year-old man became caught in a bulldozer on Monday at a property near Tyalgum, west of Murwillumbah.

“Emergency services were called to the property shortly after noon where they located the body of a 68-year-old man next to a bulldozer down a large embankment on the property,” it stated.

“Witnesses told police the man had been operating the machine when he got off and left it idling while he spoke with other workers at the property.

”As he got off, the bulldozer began to creep forward, gaining momentum.”

Police believe the man attempted to get back onto the machine but became caught. The bulldozer eventually crashed into an embankment.

Tweed Byron duty officer Inspector Darren Steel said the man, whose name has not been released, died at the scene.

“The bulldozer travelled into a ditch, where the man was pinned by the blade,” Insp Steel said.

It is believed the man had several years experi- ence operating the machine and was licensed.

“I believe it occurred on a private property,” Insp Steel said.

He said the incident highlighted the importance of safety when operating machinery. Investigations are continuing.

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