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Forestry death 'reminder about vigilance'

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/08/2016

The latest forestry death in Hawke's Bay is a sad reminder to the industry that it needs to stay vigilant about health and safety, WorkSafe NZ says.

The death of a worker in Pohakura Forest follows three earlier confirmed forestry fatalities this year, one of which was also in Pohakura.

"It is obviously concerning to see two deaths in the one forest within a matter of months," WorkSafe chief executive Gordon MacDonald said.

He said said Worksafe was investigating and would do all it could to determine what went wrong.

Inspectors had been to the scene of this week's incident and would meet the man's family in due course.

Mr MacDonald said WorkSafe had worked closely with the forestry industry and workers groups over the past few years to lift standards and real progress has been made.

"But this reinforces the point that there is no room for complacency."

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