Mid Canterbury farmer dies after being crushed by machinery

The accident happened on Saturday night.
The accident happened on Saturday night. Photo credit: File

Worksafe has confirmed an investigation is underway after a Mid Canterbury farmer died when he was crushed by a piece of machinery.

The incident happened on Saturday night on a rural property near Mayfield, inland from Ashburton.

In a statement, WorkSafe said it was notified of the incident and was investigating.

The farmer, 66-year-old Donald McCullough, was well known in the rural community, reported Stuff. 

Temuka and Geraldine A&P Association president Phillippa Sanders told Stuff that McCullough had been a past-president and wool convenor, and had been involved with the organisation for many years.

"He was very actively involved with the association and was a regular face at shows and meetings," she said.

South Canterbury Federated Farmers president Jason Grant told Newshub the accident was a tragedy.

"It's always a tragedy when something like this happens in the farming community," he said.

Worksafe said the investigation could take up to a year to complete.