A forestry company has been ordered to pay $60,000 to the family of one of its crew members who was killed felling a tree.
Whanganui man Reece Joseph Reid, 23, died when hit by a tree near Pongaroa in northern Wairarapa in November last year.
He had no training and was felling a tree when it leaned into another, causing it to be “hung up”. As he cut the second tree down, the first one freed itself and fell on him.“
This inexperienced worker – he’d only been felling trees for a week and a half – was not supervised properly by the company,'' Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment chief inspector of investigations Keith Stewart said.
"Combined with his lack of training, his inexperience should have been a red flag to his employer."
Taupo-based company Great Lake Harvesting Limited was ordered to pay Reid’s family $60,000 in emotional harm reparations when it was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court today.
The company was fined $67,500 in total, but the judge reduced the amount to $34,000 due to the company’s financial circumstances.
The ministry’s health and safety group charged the company with failing to take all practicable steps to ensure Reid’s safety
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