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Authorities are investigating whether soaring temperatures contributed to the death of a construction worker on a rural property in Queensland’s central west.

The 45-year-old died while working on the cattle property near Longreach on Monday morning, as a heatwave pushed temperatures to around 40C .

Workplace Health and Safety says it's investigating whether heat was a factor in the man's death.

 
  • This is terrible at any time but especially so now so close to Christmas.

    Obviously, thoughts go out to the family at this time as well as his co-workers, colleagues and friends.

    This is obviously a reminder of the need for safety on site, and of the need for a strong policy about working in extreme heat. Nevertheless, now is not the time for any form of blame. It's a time to be extremely sad for the family and for co-workers for their loss.

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