Forestry worker hit by rolling tree | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Forestry worker hit by rolling tree

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a forestry block near Castle Point on Wednesday afternoon.

A forestry worker in his early 20’s was securing a bundle of fallen trees about 3/4 of the way down a valley. The bundle above him slightly further up the valley became lose and one of the trees broke free, rolling down behind him and striking him in the chest and head.

The site at which the patient was situated required a hover off-load of the Intensive Care Paramedic, who then assessed the patient and brought him onboard. The hover on load was conducted in a close and confined area with great success.

The patient was then transported to Masterton Hospital for further treatment.

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