An investigation into the death of a man has been launched by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, after an Ergon Energy worker was killed almost instantly by a deadly snake.
Andrew Vaughan was attempting to create a path to a power pole with a backhoe, in dense bushland near Yeppoon when he was ambushed by a taipan.
During the work, Mr Vaughan lost contact with his fellow workers, prompting a large search by Ergon Energy and SES volunteers.
He was eventually found, with Ergon Energy confirming he died from the bite of one of Australia's most deadly snakes.
"His death is a shock to us all and the organisation continues to support his family and workmates," operations general manager Peter Billing wrote in an email.
"We are staying in contact with Andrew's wife and family and offer our continuing support.
"His workmates have also received support and counselling."
"The incident is a reminder to us all of the potential dangers our people in the field face every day while undertaking their job.
"The Taipan is regarded as Australia's most dangerous species of snake.
"I urge you to treat all snakes as venomous and ensure you consider your surroundings and any potential hazards."
Mr Vaughan's funeral will be held in Yeppoon on Friday.