Guilty plea to charge laid following East Coast forestry tragedy

Forestry company Blackstump Logging Limited has pleaded guilty to a charge relating to workplace negligence arising from the 2017 death of forestry worker Piri Bartlett.

Representing Blackstump Logging in Gisborne District Court yesterday, counsel Adam Simperingham entered a guilty plea to a charge the company exposed an individual to a risk of harm or illness.

Another charge the company faced of reckless conduct in respect of its duty was withdrawn.

Judge Warren Cathcart convicted the company and scheduled sentencing for October 17. The case was referred to the restorative justice process.

Worksafe laid the charges after its investigation into the August 21, 2017, incident in which Mr Bartlett fell from machinery on a forestry skid site in the Mangatokerau area, inland from Anaura Bay, and died from his injuries.

Te Oho Mauri Piripi (Piri) Bartlett, was 23.

Mr Bartlett’s death was in a year in which there were five forestry-related fatalities nationwide, including three deaths and two near-misses within six months in this region.

Forestry company Blackstump Logging Limited has pleaded guilty to a charge relating to workplace negligence arising from the 2017 death of forestry worker Piri Bartlett.

Representing Blackstump Logging in Gisborne District Court yesterday, counsel Adam Simperingham entered a guilty plea to a charge the company exposed an individual to a risk of harm or illness.

Another charge the company faced of reckless conduct in respect of its duty was withdrawn.

Judge Warren Cathcart convicted the company and scheduled sentencing for October 17. The case was referred to the restorative justice process.

Worksafe laid the charges after its investigation into the August 21, 2017, incident in which Mr Bartlett fell from machinery on a forestry skid site in the Mangatokerau area, inland from Anaura Bay, and died from his injuries.

Te Oho Mauri Piripi (Piri) Bartlett, was 23.

Mr Bartlett’s death was in a year in which there were five forestry-related fatalities nationwide, including three deaths and two near-misses within six months in this region.

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