30 Dec 2013

Forestry worker's widow calls for regulation

5:00 pm on 30 December 2013

A Tokoroa woman whose husband died in a forestry accident in July says the Government should regulate the industry to prevent more workers dying.

Over the past year 10 forestry workers have died on the job and more than 150 have been seriously injured.

The Government has resisted calls so far to regulate the industry. However, it says new health and safety legislation is being introduced at the end of January 2014 to make forestry owners and bosses more responsible for the safety of workers.

Maryanne Butler-Finlay says she has struggled to make sense of the death of her husband, Charles Finlay, and why deaths in the industry continue to happen.

Ms Butler-Finlay says at the time of his death, he was working very long hours and with nearly 30 years' forestry experience was only getting $16 an hour.