Log strike kills man

Last updated 17:10 26/06/2012

Relevant offers

National news

NZ prisons report: Strip search filming, significant fighting and degrading treatment of inmates found by inspectors 300 New Brighton home still without power after outage in Christchurch Horse injured and rider traumatised following riverside dog attack Horowhenua mayor calls the law an 'ass' as he tries to reinstate ousted deputy Aggressive prosecution focus at MSD preceded woman's death, inquest told Two crashes close both lanes of State Highway 1 north of Wellington Man cuffed for 21 hours a day at Otago Prison: Inspectors find raft of issues amounting to degrading treatment Car ends up in stream Young Petone rower smashes indoor world record Plain sailing for the new PM? Not quite

A forestry worker was killed near Gisborne this morning when a log hit him on the back.

The 44-year-old had just started work at the Whareongaonga forest block and was stropping logs together when several came loose at about 8.30am, police sergeant Dedrie Hemingway said.

Most of the logs flew over him, but one hit him on the back.

The Gisborne man's workmates alerted emergency services and a paramedic flew to the scene on a helicopter, but there was nothing they could do to save the man, Hemingway said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family has been notified, however, he did not have a partner or children, Hemingway said.

There had been a few forestry accidents in the eastern district in the past year, she said.

In October, a 32-year-old man died after he was hit by a tree.

Forestry and logging are the most dangerous industries to work in, according to the Department of Labour statistics.

The department is investigating.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content