DOL releases action plan to cut forestry deaths

A new plan to reduce the number of forestry workers being injured or killed has been launched by the Department of Labour. Of the five sectors where the most harm is occurring – construction, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing and fishing – forestry has the highest rate of workplace deaths. In the past five years 24 forestry workers have been killed - the Forestry Sector Action Plan sets out a plan to reduce this toll. Its part of the National Action Agenda which [...]

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Forestry worker seriously injured in “safe area”

Forestry is one of the most dangerous industries in New Zealand along with that other 'F' word Farming.A Hokitika forestry worker was off work for months with debilitating spinal fractures, bruising and kidney injuries after he was hit by a log while in a designated safe area. His employer, Thomas Logging Limited was today fined $17,000 in the Greymouth District Court and ordered to pay reparations of $20,000 following the accident in the Kaniere Forest Block near Hokitika last September. They [...]

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