Increased logging accidents concern police

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

THE increased reports on logging vehicles costing people’s lives have become a concern for the Police.

Supervising Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga said fatal accidents in logging camps has been of great concern to the police. She said from the past months and weeks police continued to receive reports of fatal accidents.

She said logging companies must be aware of the safety of its employees and the machines used must be of standard.

She reminds loggers that whilst they are doing their activities it is also their responsibility to care for their employees and machines.

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Loggers must make sure their machines and vehicles are road worthy and safe for employees. She said a lot of lives had been lost, due to negligence.

She made the comment following a recent report where a Malaysian was report to die after he was hit by a tyre of the loader at one of the Logging camps in Malaita.

She said Police in Auki attended to that report and the deceased was taken to Honiara and ready to be repatriated back to his home country.

Matanga also mentioned that from these reports, the Assistant Commissioner Provincial will be liaising with the Provincial Governments to come up with some by-laws to be applied to all vehicles operating in the Logging camps and in the provinces.

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