Company ordered to pay $530,000 for death at forestry site

By Marty Sharpe
December 14, 2022
Category: Health & Safety
Region: International

A forestry services company has been ordered to pay $536,000 for the death of a worker on a site near Wairoa in 2020.  The victim, a 48-year-old father and husband, was killed at Quail Ridge Forest in Putere, near Wairoa, on November 5, 2020.  The man, who WorkSafe has not named, was crushed while repairing a mechanical attachment, known as a harvester head, when the device was activated by being manually spun.  The victim was an experienced and qualified service technician for forestry plant manufacturer/supplier Waratah Forestry Services Limited.  The company had been engaged by Freedom Logging Ltd, which was undertaking the harvest for Forestry Management NZ Ltd.  Waratah pleaded guilty to health and safety failures and was sentenced in Auckland District Court on Wednesday.

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