Man killed in forestry incident

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 09:13 19/12/2013
Forestry death
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SCENE: The location of the incident where a 20-year-old man died while felling trees.

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The 20-year-old Levin man killed while felling trees has been named.

The man, named as Lincoln Kidd, was working on a forestry block when he was struck by a falling tree at the site on State Highway 1, near Oturoa Road, Levin, at 6:45am.

Kidd's colleagues immediately called emergency services and he was given first aid, but he died at the scene.

The news has come as a shock to the Kidd's aunt.

"What can I say? I don't know how his mum and dad are going to deal with this, I don't know how I will." 

"They're a bloody good family".

He was a hard worker and an experienced woodcutter, she said

"As soon as it's light, they're up there."

The road to the forestry block was blocked by two police cars and a hearse left the scene shortly after 10am.

Police have referred the matter to WorkSafe New Zealand to investigate.

WorkSafe NZ's Acting Chief Executive Geoffrey Podger said inspectors specialising in forestry were on their way to the site from Rotorua.

It was concerning that in WorkSafe's first week of operations, they were dealing with the 10th forestry related death of the year, he said.

"There's a problem in this industry and it won't be solved until everyone's on the same course with the regulator," Mr Podger said.

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