New Zealand's Council of Trade Unions renews call for immediate interim regulation of forestry industry after falling tree strikes, kills worker near Levin; fatality increases 2013 industry death toll to 10

WELLINGTON, New Zealand , December 19, 2013 (press release) – CTU renews demands for immediate interim regulation in forestry after reports that a 20 year old man was struck by a falling tree and killed this morning in a forestry block near Levin.

Helen Kelly, CTU President says “how many more have to die before the Government starts taking this seriously enough to act and properly regulate to keep our forestry workers safe at work?”

“The industry has failed to act and the Government has relied on its inadequate ACOPs for too long. This industry needs immediate interim regulation of its employment and safety practices to put a stop to the carnage.”

“Today’s fatality makes ten deaths in our forests this year alone. That’s ten families who are dealing with the loss of a loved one and communities who are sharing that hurt.”

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