Skidder driver seriously injured

Last updated 07:47 09/01/2013
Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

AIRLIFT: Helicopter paramedics attend to a man injured when a forestry skidder rolled over in Canvastown.

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A second forestry accident in two days has seen a skidder driver seriously injured after rolling down a bank.

The accident yesterday afternoon on a logging site near Canvastown, follows another in Motueka Valley the day before when a Wakefield man struck by a tree suffered serious back injuries.

 The accidents are in contrast to the safe start to the year the forestry sector hoped for.

Yesterday afternoon the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment issued a statement saying it was working with forest owners and workers to introduce the recently released Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Forest Operations.

It said Safe Start breakfasts would be held to highlight the importance of health and safety to forest crews, with inspectors explaining changes to the code.

However, in yesterday afternoon's accident a 47-year-old Nelson driver lost control of a skidder on the logging site near Canvastown.

A Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter spokesman said the skidder went off the edge of the road, rolling 50 metres down a steep hillside.

The helicopter would able to land on a forestry skidsite and the onboard intensive care paramedic was able to stablise the man who had multiple serious injuries with the assistance of a St John road ambulance crew from Havelock, before transporting him to Nelson Hospital.

In a separate mission yesterday at noon the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter picked by a 17-year-old who injured his knee while walking on the Dun Mountain walkway, east of Nelson. He was with a group of friends who were able to call 111 and request a helicopter.

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter was able to land at the Dun Mountain Pass, allowing the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic to treat the man, before transporting him to Nelson Hospital.

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