Forestry deaths

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

TWO FORESTRY DEATHS IN THE PAST MONTH HAVE BROUGHT the toll this year to five – the sec­ond high­est since ten lives were lost in 2013.

A 20-year-old man died in a Marl­bor­ough for­est when a wheeled log hauler came off a track – his name had not been re­leased when NZ Log­ger went to print.

Less than a week later, Te Oho Mauri Piripi ‘Piri’ Bart­let (23) died in a re­mote for­est near To­laga Bay, on the East Coast. His was the sec­ond death to hit the fam­ily in a year, af­ter Piri’s rel­a­tive and tal­ented rugby player, Niko Brook­ing-Hodg­son, died in the Po­hakura For­est in Au­gust last year. Piri leaves a fi­ancé and baby son.

Po­lice and WorkSafe NZ are in­ves­ti­gat­ing both in­ci­dents.

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