AN ERGON ENERGY employee has died after being bitten by a deadly snake while working in central Queensland.
The Yeppoon crew leader Andrew Vaughan was working through dense bushland on Friday with a backhoe operator trying to beat a path to a pole that needed maintenance.
During the work, Mr Vaughan lost contact with the crew, who raised the alarm as soon as they realised, according to an email sent to Ergon Energy staff by the operations executive general manager, Peter Billing, who called the death ''tragic''.
Mr Vaughan was dead by the time he was found after a huge search by police, SES volunteers and Ergon Energy employees. It has been confirmed by Ergon Energy he died from a bite of a taipan, pictured.
''His death is a shock to us all and the organisation continues to support his family and workmates,'' Mr Billing said in the email. ''We are staying in contact with Andrew's wife and family and offer our continuing support.''
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has launched an investigation into the death and Ergon is holding an internal investigation.
Mr Vaughan's funeral will be held this Friday at Yeppoon.
''The incident is a reminder to us all of the potential dangers our people in the field face every day while undertaking their job,'' Mr Billing wrote.