14 Feb 2014

Big fine over forestry death

3:39 pm on 14 February 2014

A Taranaki forestry company must pay almost $80,000 for failing to protect a worker killed on his sixth day in the job.

Adam Olsson died in April 2012 when he was hit by falling debris while bringing down a tree.

R and S Dreaver Shelter Trimmers on Friday was convicted in the New Plymouth District Court of not taking all practicable steps to ensure Mr Olsson's safety.

The company was fined more than $50,000 and required to pay a further $52,000 reparation, but the fine was reduced to $25,000 because it cannot pay the full amount.

Work Safe New Zealand's general manager of health and safety operations, Ona de Rooy, said Mr Olsson had no formal forestry qualification or experience and was not properly supervised.

Ms de Rooy said the death was entirely preventable.