Work­place ac­ci­dent kills man

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - NICOLE LAWTON

A man has died in a work­place ac­ci­dent af­ter mul­ti­ple pal­lets fell on him in One­hunga.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred about 11.30am on Septem­ber 26 at the trans­port and lo­gis­tics com­pany Toll New Zealand on Neil­son St.

St John Am­bu­lance spokesman Rob­bie Walker said a 47-year-old man was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Paramedics worked on him for some time af­ter he was freed, but couldn’t save his life, Walker said.

Toll spokesman Royce Christie said the com­pany ex­tended its sym­pa­thies to fam­ily and friends of the de­ceased.

‘‘Toll is deeply sad­dened that the in­ci­dent has re­sulted in the death of a Toll em­ployee at the site,’’ Christie said.

‘‘Our pri­or­ity now is to of­fer sup­port to the fam­ily of our em­ployee and to our peo­ple at the site.’’

Po­lice, the Fire Ser­vice and St John Am­bu­lance all at­tended the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice said just af­ter mid­day: ’’It ap­pears a man has been trapped un­der pal­lets and has died at the scene.

‘‘Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing, how­ever as this looks to be a work­place ac­ci­dent, WorkSafe New Zealand will be ad­vised.’’

WorkSafe con­firmed they were no­ti­fied of the in­ci­dent and said they were mak­ing ini­tial in­quiries.

Toll was as­sist­ing on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions. with

CHRIS SKEL­TON / FAIRFAX NZ

The area has been closed off pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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