297 crosses remember fallen industry workers

By Mere McLean

297 white crosses representing lives lost in work industries since the Pike River tragedy were on display today in Tokoroa.

The family of Charles Finlay who died when a splint of wood shot through the air and struck him in 2013 were one of the families acknowledged.

Maryanne Butler-Finlay says, “When our whānau went to work you expect them all to come home but unfortunately in our cases they didn't.”

The government has been working on a Health and Safety Reform Bill and will vote on it next week.

Tomorrow, the crosses are scheduled to move to Whakatāne and Ōpōtiki where there are plans to acknowledge other families who've lost loved ones in work place incidents.

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