2 Oct 2015

Logging firm to pay $100,000 over death of worker

2:28 pm on 2 October 2015

A logging firm found guilty over the death of one of its workers has been ordered to pay $100,000 in compensation and fines.

Eramiha Pairama, 19, was killed by a falling tree near Whakatane in January 2013.

The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) took the case against Puketi Logging after the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment chose not to prosecute.

Tauranga District Court has ordered the firm to pay $75,000 to Mr Pairama's family and fined it $25,000.

Lawyer for the CTU, Nigel Hampton, said it was vindication of the stance taken by the council.