Inquest brings some closure for Beamsley whānau

By Mere McLean
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Coroner Bain has reserved any recommendations on forestry worker David Charles Beamsley until he has heard all evidence from the seven forestry workers who died while working in New Zealand's forests between 2012-2013.  

However today in Rotorua's Coroner Court the inquest brought closure to some members of the Beamsley family. 

The Beamsley family have finally found comfort since the forest tragedy that struck there family a year ago.

Angelia Beamsley says, “I was so blessed to have my dad in my life, unfortunately you know it happened, but we were all blessed to have him in our life with-out no doubt.”

The inquest into David Charles Beamsley who died while tree-felling in Kaingaroa last year on Tuesday November 26, was held before Coroner Bain in Rotorua.

David Beamsley was employed by Balco Logging Ltd who are contracted by PF Olsen to oversee the management of Kaingaroa. 

All parties were in court today and the events leading up to David Beamsley death heard in detail.

However, there were no eye witnesses that could testify and the inquest largely had to rely on the Work Safe New Zealand and PF Olsen reports. 

However what was made clear was that safety needs to be improved in New Zealand's forestry industry.

“Safer practice installed for our forestry workers first and foremost.  We can't go ahead and turn back time however we can move forward.  We can also go ahead and make sure we install safer practice,” Angelia Beamsley explains.

Coroner Bain is overseeing the inquest of eight forestry workers who died during 2012 and 2013. 

Next week, the inquest into forestry worker George Mahanga will take place in this court, however Coroner Bain has adjourned his recommendations until he hears evidence from all eight inquests. 

Tomorrow, the family of David Charles Beamsley, who died at the age of 63, will unveil his tombstone in Waiohau one year to the day he died.