New Zealand forestry worker crushed by falling tree days after safety review panel releases public consultation document; casualty suffers severe injuries to lower leg in accident on Matakana Island

LOS ANGELES , June 11, 2014 () – A 60-year-old New Zealand forestry worker has been crushed by a falling tree less than a week after the country's federal Independent Forestry Safety Review Panel released a public consultation document.

The casualty, who suffered severe injuries to his lower leg, was flown to Tauranga Hospital after the accident on Matakana Island on June 10, the Bay of Plenty Times reported.

A rescue helicopter was called to the scene at 8.15 a.m., but had to land on the beach due to poor weather conditions. Paramedics were then driven to attend the casualty, who was later reported to be in a stable condition.

The forestry safety review panel's public consultation document was welcomed on June 6 by Labour Minister and Tauranga MP Simon Bridges, who said there was an unacceptable level of death and serious injury in the forestry sector, with 67 fatalities since 2000 and the highest rate of serious harm on a per worker basis, the Bay of Plenty Times reported.

The primary source of this article is the Bay of Plenty Times, Tauranga, New Zealand, on June 11, 2014. The original article can be viewed here.

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