Emergency authorities say it will be up to the coroner to decide whether a man died in Sydney’s west on Wednesday because of exposure to a herbicide.
Just after 8:00am AEST emergency crews were called to a Horsley Park home where a 56-year-old man collapsed and died.
He was spraying herbicides on his market garden at the time, but police and fire authorities say it is not yet known whether the chemicals caused a heart attack.
Police Superintendent Peter Lennon says 21 other people were contaminated with the chemicals when they tried to help revive the man.
“Three were so serious they had to be taken to a nearby hospital. They’ve since been assessed and been released,” he said.
WorkCover New South Wales is investigating the incident.
The man’s family has thanked members of the public who stopped to help him.