Tragic forestry worker death

On 19 July at 5:30am Charles Finlay was tragically killed in a forestry accident in Tahorakura forest. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and fellow forest workers. Events like this don’t just claim a life – they destroy families and disrupt entire communities. He is the 6th forestry worker to die this year, and 2013 is now shaping up to be the most dangerous year in history for NZ forestry workers.

Still, Labour Minister Simon Bridges sees no value on a select committee inquiry into what is causing fatalities in this sector. We are pushing for some action on this, and urge everybody to encourage the select committee to vote in favour of an inquiry when the matter is decided at the beginning of August.

Below is a selection of links to media coverage of the tragic event.

Forest Death is Horrifically Shocking

Tokoroa Man Dies After Being Hit By Log

Man Killed in Tokoroa Forestry Block

Forestry Industry Put on Notice After Sixth Death this year

Workplace Fatality: Tokoroa

If anybody has any further information about Charles’ tragic passing, please contact us at


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