A logging contractor has died after being hit on the head by a falling branch on the New South Wales far north coast.

The man suffered a depressed fracture of the skull while working on private property at Whian Whian, near Lismore, on Wednesday.

The 59-year-old was airlifted to the Gold Coast Hospital, but died as a result of his injuries last night.

There have been clashes between loggers, protesters and police at the site in the days leading up to and after the accident.

Police say they had to escort the ambulance through a protestor group which had surrounded the vehicle on the day of the accident.

Protesters have denied that allegation, and say they assisted the first paramedics who arrived at the site.

Two protestors have alleged they were assaulted on Wednesday evening.

Police are investigating and calling for witnesses.

They have also investigated a report of a phone threat made against another protestor, but after listening to the recorded message they say under the circumstances they did not consider it to be threatening.

The state's Forestry Corporation says a full investigation of the accident is underway.

It says counselling has been arranged for staff in the area.

 

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