Investigation into truck driver's death

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A 70-year-old truck driver has died after falling through a roof at a warehouse in Tauranga last night.


Emergency services were called to the bulk fertiliser storage warehouse in the Ports of Tauranga, Mount Maunganui at about 10.40pm.  


Police Northern Communications shift inspector Steve Kose said the man was delivering a load of fertiliser to the warehouse when the accident occurred.  


"He's obviously stepped off and fallen through the roof and fallen between three and nine metres.''  


He received serious head injuries as a result.  


"The man was taken to Tauranga hospital.  


A Tauranga police spokesman said the man had died.


Fertiliser company Ballance confirmed this morning the injured man was working at their Hewletts Rd site when the incident occurred.  


"He was driving a truck for a logistics company bringing raw materials off the waterfront onto our site,'' Ballance group general manager supply Jack Herder said.   


"We're working with the authorities to establish how the incident occurred,'' Mr Herder said.  


Conditions were fine and the site was well-lit at the time, he said.  


Mr Herder said he was advised about 11.15pm last night there had been a serious accident at the fertiliser plant.


"A driver for the logistics contractors we employ had a fall," he said. "Our primary concern is certainly for the driver and the staff on site at the time."


Mr Herder said it was normal for the company to be receiving shipments around the clock.


The company would be working with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today to try to establish what went wrong, he said.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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