Story: Workplace safety and accident compensation

Logging native bush (1st of 3)

Logging native bush

At Ōkahu Creek Bush near Kaitāia in Northland, two bushmen prepare to log a large kahikatea in 1909. They are standing on staging boards inserted into the trunk so they can reach the right point to start the saw cut. Logging by hand was extremely dangerous, and accidents and deaths were common.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PAColl-0036-2-01
Photograph by G. H. Edwards

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Hazel Armstrong, 'Workplace safety and accident compensation - Working in the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 August 2020)

Story by Hazel Armstrong, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 18 Apr 2016