Probe set after falling fruit bin injures woman

By Sam Hurley

A truck driver who was struck by a falling fruit bin in Waipawa will be the subject of a workplace health and safety inquiry.

The Hawke's Bay woman, 54, sustained concussion and suspected neck injuries after an empty fruit bin being loaded fell about three metres on to her at Mr Apple New Zealand on Wednesday afternoon.

She was taken by ambulance to nearby Coronation Park, before being airlifted by the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter to Hawke's Bay Hospital.

Mr Apple manager Brian Edwards said an investigation to determine the circumstances and factors behind the accident would take place. A Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment representative said the ministry was aware of the incident and was making inquiries. A hospital spokeswoman said the driver, believed to be from Hastings, was in a stable condition yesterday.

New workplace health and safety recommendations, in the wake of the Pike River disaster, are urging new legislation based on the Australian model. They include support for worker participation, including those who raise health and safety matters.

Stronger regulations are being recommended around major-hazard facilities and increasing penalties for those with poor health and safety performance, including extending the manslaughter offence to corporations.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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