Contractor charged for wrong call

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Forestry workers call water taxi instead of 111 for injured colleague - A forestry company that took an injured worker to hospital by water taxi instead of calling emergency services has been charged under health and safety legislation.

Marris Couper Logging had a team of eight working on a hilltop in the Marlborough Sounds when a man's leg was fractured by a rogue wire rope, used to haul logs up the hill.

The man had hooked up a log to the rope but could not get enough slack on the rope to attach a second log, a WorkSafe summary of facts said.

But when the hauler on top of the hill gave some slack to the rope, an overhead cable came off the stump it was attached to at the bottom of the hill.

The wire rope retracted up the hill at speed and struck the man, pinning him to the steep hillside, at Homewood Bay in the Kenepuru Sound.

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Source: Marlborough Express


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