Nov 17

Pike River: DOL Mines Inspector tells of “impossible task”

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The Labour Department has made only two prosecutions of underground mines in New Zealand since 2005, an inquiry into the Pike River tragedy has heard. Alan Cooper, the department’s health and safety practice leader, admitted he had not known the number of prosecutions was so small. The department needed to have a “clearer…

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Jul 6

Forestry worker seriously injured in “safe area”

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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…

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