A man died after a water pressure tank exploded in southern Labrador Monday, according to police.

The mechanic, 64, was rushed to the health centre in Forteau with head injuries early Monday morning where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said the incident happened at a construction site on the Trans-Labrador Highway near Red Bay, operated by Johnson's Construction Limited.

Forteau RCMP and officials with Newfoundland and Labrador's  Occupational Health and Safety Service are investigating.

Police have not released the man's name.