Man suffers serious lower leg injuries in forestry accident near Gisborne, New Zealand; helicopter rescue official says pine tree felled by casualty rolled over his leg

LOS ANGELES , February 12, 2014 () – A forestry accident near Gisborne in New Zealand has left a 19-year-old man  with serious lower leg injuries, reported on Feb. 12.

The man was flown to hospital after a pine tree he was felling at a forestry block north of Gisborne rolled over his leg, an official from Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter said.

The accident comes two weeks after the forestry industry confirmed that it would undertake an independent inquiry into forestry safety beginning this month, following the deaths of 10 forestry workers in 2013 and one in January.

Federal agency WorkSafe NZ is providing support for the inquiry and says 164 forestry operations have been inspected since August last year.

The primary source of this article is, Gisborne, New Zealand, on Feb. 12, 2014.

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