Worker dies after being hit by falling timber at Waimea Sawmillers near Nelson, New Zealand; police say cause of accident is unknown, vicitm was working alone

LOS ANGELES , July 26, 2012 () – The cause of an accident that led to the death of a 42-year-old timber worker at Waimea Sawmillers in Tahunanui, New Zealand, remains unclear, according to a report by the Nelson Mail.

Corey Amohanga, who had been an employee for more than 20 years, died after being hit by falling timber at the sawmill near Nelson on July 25. Emergency services were called at about 12.30 p.m. and declared Amohanga dead at the scene.

According to police, Amohanga had been working alone and the cause of the accident was unknown.

Waimea Sawmill managing director Scott Gibbons said the company was committed to providing support to Amohanga's family, and to other staff members and their families. Production was halted at the mill.

The accident is being investigated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's labor group, and Gibbons said his company would do everything it could to help.

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union's wood sector secretary Rawiri Daniels noted that timber was often stacked four packs high, with each pack measuring 1.4 to 1.6 meters.

The primary source of this article is the Nelson Mail, Nelson, New Zealand, on July 26, 2012.

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