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A New Zealand Forestry company has been prosecuted after a log weighing more than a tonne slid down a hillside and hit a worker.

The company, HarvestPro New Zealand Limited, was prosecuted in the Gisborne District Court recently for breaching the New Zealand Health and Safety in Employment Act.

The incident occurred in September 2012 when the log came loose from the jaws of a loader and slid down a steep hillside, said WorkSafe New Zealand in a media statement.

The worker sustained “fractures to his arm and leg that have required multiple surgeries and left him unable to work”, Worksafe said.

“The accident was caused by the decision to allow Mr Henare [the worker] to enter the danger zone at the same time that another worker was using the loader to stack logs on the landing above him,” WorkSafe said, in noting Judge Adeane’s findings.

The court fined the company $80,000 and ordered it to pay $40,000 in reparations.

For more details, visit WorkSafe NZ.

Published on 19 June 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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