WORKCOVER and Central Hunter detectives have launched investigations after a 37-year-old Aberdeen truck driver was killed in an industrial accident at Rutherford yesterday.
Emergency services were called to J & S Engineering in Racecourse Road about 3.40pm after reports of a serious workplace accident.
As information about the gruesome nature of the injuries was relayed from witnesses to a triple-0 operator, Central Hunter police made the decision to call off all but a handful of senior officers.
When paramedics arrived they found the body of a truck driver who had been killed, police said.
Police believe the man was loading drill rods onto his vehicle when one of the rods fell from a forklift and knocked him to the ground.
The drill rod then fell on top of the man, killing him instantly.
A WorkCover spokesman confirmed that investigators examined the scene last night.
Central Hunter detectives were also summoned to the Rutherford industrial estate and will investigate the incident.