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Worksafe is investigating a workplace accident on a rural West Otago property that left a man critically injured after he was trapped under a feed spreader that rolled on him.
A police spokeswoman said emergency services were called about 2.20pm after reports of a workplace incident on farmland.
The feed spreader rolled down a hill on the Moa Flat Rd property and came to rest with the man trapped underneath.
A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokeswoman said a crew from Heriot was supported by a crew from Tapanui and another from Millers Flat with cutting equipment.
Fenz was notified by St John about the incident and the crews worked to free the man before leaving him in the care of paramedics
The fire crews were stood down shortly after 4pm, she said.
St John spokesman Gerard Campbell confirmed the man’s injuries were critical and he been airlifted by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital.
The police spokeswoman said police would continue to investigate the incident alongside WorkSafe.