Manslaughter charge in Levin after timberworker killed by falling tree

News from NZ Police
Levin Police have arrested and charged a man with manslaughter in relation to the death of Lincoln Kidd who was killed during a tree felling operation on 19 December.

The 46-year-old Horowhenua man was arrested and charged today and will appear in the Levin District Court on Thursday. The man has also been charged with serious workplace health and safety charges by WorkSafe NZ.

Mr Kidd and his colleagues were felling trees on a forestry block on State Highway 1, near Levin, when he was struck by a falling tree.

Detective Sergeant Peter Vine of the Levin CIB says: “There have been investigations by WorkSafe NZ and Police that involved an extensive inquiry phase and a large number of witness statements were taken, and legal advice was sought.”

“Throughout this process we have remained in frequent contact with Mr Kidd’s family and we met them recently to communicate the next steps in our investigation.”

News from NZ Police
The family of Lincoln Kidd are very relieved that there has been an arrest and manslaughter charges laid in relation to Lincoln Kidd’s death.

They believe the forestry industry needs to be reformed in order to make it safer and this arrest and charges send a very strong message to forestry employers.

News from First Union
News that police have arrested and charged a man with manslaughter over the death of 20-year old Lincoln Kidd shows that forestry safety must be taken seriously.

“Lincoln’s tragic death was one of ten lives claimed by this industry last year, four of which were under the age of 30. If we don’t take the dangers and hazards of the forestry industry seriously then we could stand to lose more workers,” said First Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“We’re pleased that 2014 has been a year of progress with forestry safety. The rate of fatalities and serious harm incidents has been much lower than last year and enforcement activity is much more widespread. This is part of the wider picture of creating a safety culture, where workers have a voice.

“Employers have a duty to protect workers and it is important that this duty is upheld. Tragedies such as Lincoln’s death needn’t occur, and a free and fair trial will assist everybody in making our workplaces safer.”

First Union is looking forward to receiving the findings of the Independent Forestry Safety Review.

 

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