A contractor has died after a trench he was working in
collapsed, burying him.
He has been named as Michael Kevin Haines, 34, of Matamata.
The fatal workplace accident happened near Matamata
WorkSafe New Zealand is investigating the incident with
assistance from Waikato police.
Sergeant Graham McGurk of Matamata police said emergency
services were called to a rural Te Poi property about
"Thirty-four-year-old Matamata man Michael Kevin Haines, who
was employed by a contracting firm working on the Rapurapu Rd
property, had gone down into trench dug by a digger to work
on a pipe join.
"As he was bent over, a large slip occurred and he was
buried. The digger operator saw what had happened and managed
to dig the victim out to the point where his head was clear
before he ran to get assistance from nearby farm and
Mr McGurk said Mr Haines was initially conscious and able to
breathe but his condition deteriorated.
"The combined efforts of the workers managed to free the man
who was by now unconscious. An ambulance arrived at the scene
about this time and CPR was carried out until such time as an
air ambulance helicopter arrived to fly him to Waikato
Hospital but he was unable to be revived.
WorkSafe and police attended the scene the death was reported
to the coroner.