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

Kevin Poynter setting the record straight at the Pike River Inquiry.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 focus on potential for harm", he told the inquiry at Greymouth District Court this afternoon. Nigel [...]

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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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