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Fourth death in forestry this year

31 March 2016

A forestry worker has been killed after a tree fell on him in a forest north of Napier. The death is the fourth in forestry this year.

According to WorkSafe there have now been 27 deaths in forestry since 2011. There were 10 in 2013, one in 2014 and three last year.

The man was working on Pan Pac's Pohukura forestry block inland from Tutira, north of Napier when a tree fell on him and crushed him on Thursday afternoon. A WorkSafe spokesperson said it was investigating the death.

Three weeks ago, on 10 March, a 31-year-old Masterton man died when a tree fell on him while he was working on a forestry block near Tinui, between Masterton and Castlepoint. Two days ago, on 29 March, a forestry worker in his thirties died in a forestry block near Whangarei after he was hit by a log.

On 17 February an employee of Rotorua-based company Gaddum Construction, Miki Butler-August, was killed in a forestry block in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

Source: Stuff