Worker killed by falling log named

A forestry worker killed by a falling log in Marlborough yesterday has been named as William Bryant.

The 53-year-old was pronounced dead by ambulance staff after the incident on a private forestry block in the Wairau Valley yesterday morning.

Police said he had been leading a crew of four workers when he was struck by a falling log about 10am, Radio New Zealand reported.

Mr Bryant was killed instantly.

WorkSafe NZ, which is investigating, said the death demonstrated the need for drastic change in the sector.

Ten people died in forestry accidents last year.

 

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