Environmental regulators say they have tightened rules requiring odours to be added to LPG gas, improvements to the design of refrigeration using it, signage at those sites, and constraints on the quantities that can be stored indoors in the wake of the Icepak tragedy.
Expert advice – fire
The deadly explosion at Icepak Coolstores’ Tamahere facility was caused by the lack of action of a hazardous goods inspector, a court has been told.
Icepak Coolstores’ operation at Tamahere is set to finish by the end of the month.
Mobile Refrigeration Specialists, which unsuccessfully appealed against a $56,200 fine following the fatal Icepak Coolstores fire at Tamahere, has applied to take its case to the Court of Appeal.
More equitable funding of the Fire Service and a single parliamentary act to cover both urban and rural fire services would have mitigated the Icepak fire disaster at Tamahere, writes Allan Bruce in the NZ Herald.
Worldwide interest continues in the tragic Icepak Coolstores explosion and fire at Tamahere in April 2008, and its aftermath.
The Refrigeration Air Conditioning Companies Association (RACCA) suggests homeowners and businesses undertaking any refrigeration or air conditioning work seek the advice of an authorised RACCA company.
The fatal Icepak Coolstores explosion and fire of 2008 was a preventable accident and the serious penalties imposed by the court should give employers cause to reflect on the importance of ensuring their sites, workers, and others are safe, says the Labour Department.
Labour Department lawyer Shona Carr has outlined a catalogue of errors and inaction she said contributed to the fatal April 5, 2008 Icepak Coolstores explosion.
A refrigeration company has been accused of creating a bomb at the Icepak coolstores at Tamahere that killed one firefighter and seriously injured seven others in April 2008.