Two young children have been left without a father after a fatal accident in the East Coast's Wharerata forest yesterday.
Kenny Aaron Callow, 31, died when a tree fell on him during a harvesting accident in the Tarewa Road area about 1pm.
Paramedics were flown to the scene but Mr Callow was already dead.
Members of the forestry industry are devastated by the tragedy, the second in the area in 12 months. James Goodfellow, 19, died in a freak accident in the same area last December when he slid into a hole left by a tree stump, a cable disengaged and the stump fell onto him.
It is understood Mr Callow was working for a logging crew contracted to Hikurangi Forest Farms. Manager Paul Ainsworth was overseas and not available for comment.
Industry leaders, including Juken NZ's Sheldon Drummond and Eastland Wood Council spokesman Trevor Helson, were shocked by the latest tragedy, which came in the face of enormous efforts to improve safety.
Mr Helson said accident numbers had been coming down consistently, despite a massive increase in harvesting volumes.