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Worker dies at Affco plant

A worker at the AFFCO meat plant in Wairoa died in a workplace accident on Wednesday.

WorkSafe New Zealand has launched an inquiry into the second such death in the region in a week.

Wairoa police were called to a sudden death incident at the meat plant shortly after 5.30pm on Wednesday.

“The man's death has been referred to WorkSafe NZ,” police said.

Wairoa St John ambulance responded to the incident, but the man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“We are not in a position to release the man's name at this time,” police said.

They have advised all next of kin.

The man who died was aged 61, and was a long-term employee of AFFCO New Zealand.

Police said a post-mortem examination would be conducted today to ascertain the cause of death.

The company's chief executive Nigel Stevens said the incident would be subject to a full investigation.

“But at this stage our absolute focus and priority is on supporting the family and our employees in any way we can,” he said.

The death was the second workplace fatality in the region in the past week.

WorkSafe NZ have an investigation under way into a death on a farm south of Te Karaka last Friday.

St John ambulance transported a man in his late 70s from the accident scene but he passed away later in Gisborne Hospital.

“As the matter is under investigation we are unable to provide any further detail,” a WorkSafe spokesman said.

The man's name has not been released.