Forestry worker crushed to death in BOP

  • 31/03/2016

The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) is calling for WorkSafe to make sure every step possible is being taken to ensure forestry workers are safe, following another fatal accident.

The worker was crushed to death by a falling log, in the Pan Pac forestry block at Whirinaki north of Napier early this afternoon.

The isolated area can only be reached by four-wheel-drive.

The CTU says four forestry workers, plus a construction worker at a forestry block, have died on the job this year.

"Are we heading for another 2013 when 10 men were killed in forestry, our most shameful year on record?" says CTU President Richard Wagstaff.

"This is totally unacceptable. Are forestry companies putting additional pressure on those working to get the logs cut in order to maximise profit?"

He says WorkSafe needs to "thoroughly investigate" what's happening.