17 Jan 2014

Forestry worker named

11:35 am on 17 January 2014

A forestry worker killed in an accident in Marlborough has been named.

William Bryant, 53, died when he was struck by a falling log in the Wairau Valley on Thursday morning.

Police said Marlborough man was leading a crew of four on a private forestry block and was struck by a falling log about 10am, killing him instantly.

An accident investigation is under way and Victim Support is assisting the other workers present.

WorkSafe New Zealand says a forestry death so early in the new year shows the sector needs to change its behaviour.