MUNZ branch president dies at Lyttelton Port
Members of the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) are mourning today after president of their Lyttelton branch died in a port accident.
40 year old Brad Fletcher is the third person to die at Lyttelton Port in the past 12 months.
He fell to his death after the scissor-lift he was in toppled over and came to rest on top of a truck carrying a container.
Maritime Union National Secretary Joe Fleetwood said the Union would be supporting his workmates and family.
A press investigation in June revealed recent deaths and injuries at Lyttelton Port pointed to a lack of training and safety policies. Inexperienced workers worked back-to-back shifts and others were retiring early because of perceived risks.
In November, transport company owner William Frost died after being pinned between a logging truck trailer and a forklift.
The following month Warren Ritchie, 49, was killed when he was struck by a crane grab while unloading urea in the hold of a ship docked at Lyttelton.
Ten people have been killed while working in ports in the past five years, according to WorkSafe New Zealand figures.