A person has died in a workplace incident in rural Central Otago earlier today.

Police say they were called to the scene - on the Pateraroa-Paerau Rd south of Ranfurly - about 9.15am.

WorkSafe confirmed this afternoon the incident was fatal.

A spokeswoman said the organisation was making initial inquiries.

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Police were unable to provide any details regarding the nature of the incident or the property or any information about the person who had died.