Log strike kills man

Last updated 17:10 26/06/2012

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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.

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