Forestry worker dies in Northland

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A forestry worker has died in Northland in a workplace incident.

The accident occurred at 3.30pm yesterday at Pakotai, 48km north east of Whangarei.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is investigating the death. Health and safety inspectors have already visited the accident site and an investigation has been launched under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.

Police Search and Rescue officers were called in to help extract the body from the forest as the terrain was extremely difficult.

The death is the second workplace fatality in the forestry sector already this year. The Council of Trade Unions has called for an inquiry into safety practices in the forestry sector because of the high rate of injury and death.

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