A logging firm has been found guilty of one health and safety
charge after a worker broke his arm and leg when he was hit
by a one-tonne log.
Harvestpro defended the charge in Gisborne District Court
over the incident in which a cable-logger was struck by a
harvested log during a hauling operation at Whakaangiangi
Forest, Te Araroa on September 17, 2012.
The worker, Tau Henare, was in hospital for about two weeks
with a broken arm and leg.hospitalised for about two weeks
following the accident.
After a judge-alone trial, Judge Tony Adeane found the
company guilty of failing to take all practicable steps to
ensure the safety of its employee, in that it failed to take
all practicable steps to ensure Mr Henare was not exposed to
He ordered a reparation report and an emotional harm report
for a sentencing date yet to be determined.
Harvestpro's loader-operator told the court he was moving two
logs from the landing zone to the "surge pile" or stock pile
and did so in two movements.
As he made the second movement one log slipped from his
grappling gear and went down a slope where it struck Mr
Henare who was working 30 metres below.
The load-operator did not know whereabouts below him Mr
Henare was working.
The court was told the forestry workers used a tooting system
of communication to inform each other about log movements so
Mr Henare and others knew when it was safe to load more logs
to be winched up to the landing area.
When it was not safe, they moved.