A man is in a stable condition after the bulldozer he was working in rolled down a hill on a remote forestry block this morning.

The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter responded to a call out to a forestry block inland from Wairoa in an area called Putere about 9:10am.

The 52-year-old man fractured his hip and suffered chest and leg injuries after the bulldozer rolled.

He was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital for further treatment, and is in a stable condition.


On March 31 Napier man Blair David Palmer died after a tree fell on him on a Pohokura forest block between the Esk and Mohaka forests, and between Tutira on State Highway 2 and Te Haroto on SH5.

He was employed by major Hawke's Bay contractor DG Glenn Logging.

It was the fourth forestry worker death nationwide in six weeks, one more than the toll for all of last year. There had been just one in 2014, but a peak of 10 in 2013.