New Zealand forestry workers to have two representatives on ACC committee on injury prevention, which aims to address high death and injury rates in country's forestry sector

LOS ANGELES , February 19, 2014 () – Two worker representatives will join the ACC committee on injury prevention in the forestry industry, Radio New Zealand reported on Feb. 19.

Nominations for the worker representatives--one each from the North Island and the South Island--will take place this month, and the final vote will be next month.

John Stulen, executive director of the Forest Industry Contractors Assn., said the addition of worker representatives to the committee was another way for workers to have their voices heard on the issue at a national level.

Last year, the New Zealand forestry industry incurred 10 deaths and 150 serious injuries.

The committee plans to address the high death rates by conducting a safety review. Additionally, worker representatives could give input on whether suggested solutions would be effective.

Farm foresters, forest owners, contractors and the Council of Trade Unions are already represented on the committee.

ACC is New Zealand’s accident compensation scheme. Its corporate office is in Wellington. A Crown organization, ACC provides comprehensive, no-fault personal injury cover for all New Zealand residents and visitors to the country, the ACC website states.

The primary source of this article is Radio New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, on Feb. 19, 2014.

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