Eight forestry deaths investigated

18:35, Feb 13 2014

Successive hearings into eight forestry deaths in 2012 and 2013 will be held by Bay of Plenty Coroner Wallace Bain in the week starting May 12.

The following week he will hear evidence and submissions on workplace health and safety issues arising from the deaths, the Ministry of Justice said.

The coroner had decided to hold the inquests sequentially because of the number of forestry deaths during the period, and public concern about the deaths.

He could also consider whether the public interest would be served by having other investigating authorities look into the deaths.

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