A man in his 70s has been trapped underneath a giant bell which fell on him while he was working underneath it.
The worker was underneath the two tonne bell at the Geldmacher House Museum, in Nimmitabel on the far south New South Wales coast, when it fell from its post about 2.30pm on Thursday.
The bell landed directly on top of the 77-year-old man, trapping him inside.
The man suffered injuries to his leg in the incident, but was able to communicate with emergency services when they arrived on the scene minutes later.
A spokeswoman for New South Wales Police told Daily Mail Australia officers from the Monaro Police District arrived on the scene along with SES workers shortly after the incident.
The man was promptly freed and treated by paramedics before being airlifted to Canberra Hospital.
Authorities claim the bell narrowly avoided crushing the worker, instead trapping him inside.
The local Lions Club had organised for the man to be at the site, and he was being paid for his services.
It is not yet clear what he was tasked to do.
An inspector from SafeWork New South Wales will attend the site on Friday morning.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted SafeWork New South Wales for further information.