Icepak fire case back in court

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The companies and individuals facing nine charges over the explosion and fire at Icepak Coolstores in Tamahere reappeared in court today.

In the Hamilton District Court this morning, name suppression for three men was extended until the next court appearance, Radio NZ reported.

Also charged are the Icepak Coolstore Company, Mobile Refrigeration Specialists and one of its employees, Warren Cook.

All have been remanded without plea to reappear in February.

The court heard that discussion is under way between the Department of Labour and the lawyer for the three men to have the charges against them dropped.

The charges relate to a failure to protect workers and visitors to the coolstore and protect them from the hazards associated with the propane gas being used as a refrigerant.

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