Man killed in backyard accident at Toogoolawah

A 25-YEAR-old man was killed when he was crushed by a skid-steer loader he was working on in his backyard at Toogoolawah.

Police said the man was crushed between the bucket and the body of the skid-steer loader about midday yesterday.

Ipswich Inspector Keith McDonald said the man was working on the vehicle in his house next door to the Toogoolawah RSL.

Inspector McDonald said the skid-steer loader belonged to the man's employer and he had been working on it in his backyard when the incident happened.

"The bucket of the bobcat crushed him between the bucket and the body of the bobcat," Inspector McDonald said.

He said the man had a partner but it was not known whether they had children or if anyone else was home at the time of the incident.

Inspector McDonald said that such was the force of the crush, the man was killed almost instantly.

He said the incident would be investigated by the Department of Workplace Health and Safety in conjunction with the Criminal Investigation Branch and the police forensic crash unit.

No further details were released.


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