Sliding log injures forestry worker

Last updated 13:00 09/12/2013

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The forestry industry has another workplace accident to add to its tally after a local worker was hit by a log, breaking his leg.

The 21-year-old man suffered the injury when he was hit by a log sliding down the hill he was working on in the Golden Downs forest area, south of Nelson, on Friday.

The logger was airlifted to Nelson Hospital by the Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter.

The man was working for Nelson Forests when the accident happened at about 2pm on Friday.

The helicopter was unable to land at the scene so an intensive care paramedic was winched down to treat him. The pair were then winched back up on board and the logger was flown to Nelson Hospital where he was treated and discharged.

The accident follows calls for reform and stronger regulation of the forestry industry which has seen nine deaths and more than 90 serious injuries this year.

Just a week before forestry worker Michael Langford, 28, of Korere was killed at Foxhill, south of Nelson. Mr Langford had been working alone on a hauler before he was pinned between two logs.

Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said then the industry needed government-led reform. WorkSafe NZ, the new Crown agency dedicated to workplace health and safety, will be up and running from December 16.

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