Posts Tagged ‘ Icepak Tamahere ’

Going, going …

Nov 3rd, 2013 | By

The last Icepak coolstore is shrinking in size daily as work continues to dismantle and relocate it.

In the last couple of weeks the sole survivor of the 2008 fire has shrunk by two thirds as panels have been removed from a cool room at one end of the building and the steel trussed verandah dismantled with the help of a crane at the other.

With just one cool room to go, and at the rate of work so far, the building could be expected to be gone entirely within a week.



Coolstore dismantling underway

Oct 14th, 2013 | By

Work to dismantle the last coolstore on the disused Devine Rd Icepak site is into its second week.

The coolstore, the only survivor of the fatal 2008 fire, got a wash down in September and serious efforts to dismantle and remove it began last week.

It is to be relocated to Icepak’s Waharoa site clearing the way for the former commercial zone to return to residential status like the surrounding Tamahere properties.



Landmark of tragedy to go

Sep 9th, 2013 | By

The remaining Icepak coolstore, the only survivor of the devastating 2008 fire, is being prepared for removal.

This week, contractors were on the Devine Rd site washing down the coolstore, which in recent months has been covered in graffiti, before an expected shift to Waharoa.

The coolstore has not been in use since June 2010 after a deal struck between Icepak and the Waikato District Council allowed it to continue to operate for a period following the fatal fire in return for Icepak relinquishing claims to commercial use of the site.



Five years on from Icepak fire

Mar 31st, 2013 | By

Five years ago the Icepak coolstores at Tamahere exploded, killing a fireman, injuring seven others and scarring a community. Philippa Stevenson, a Tamahere resident and journalist, reflects on the tragedy and asks whether it could happen again.

Tamahere Model Country School’s annual Pumpkin Night, held a week ago, was a delight.

As one Pumpkin Night follows another it feels like nothing changes.

But some things certainly need to change. Because Pumpkin Night five years ago ended before it began with a black mushroom cloud blasting and boiled into the sky, taking a life and changing the course of many others forever.



Gas fears spread to UK

Oct 7th, 2011 | By

Concerns have been raised by British refrigeration engineers over the flammable nature of next-generation refrigerants like the one that caused the fatal 2008 explosion at Tamahere.

RAC, the UK Refrigeration and Air Conditioning magazine, reported that industry concerns were growing over a surge in the use of flammable refrigerants and a lack of controls over who could buy them.

“It follows an inquest in New Zealand which heard that the refrigeration industry there does not have enough skilled staff to deal with the imminent growth of flammable hydrocarbons.”



Alert on after 2nd coolstore blast

Jul 15th, 2010 | By

The Labour Department has issued a hazard alert after a refrigeration technician was burnt by exploding hydrocarbon-based refrigerant in circumstances disturbingly similar to the fatal Icepak Tamahere blast.



Coolstore redesign follows fire

Jun 2nd, 2009 | By

Design guidelines outlining improvements to coolstore design in light of the 2008 Icepak Tamahere explosion that killed one fire-fighter and injured several others has been launched by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). Aware of several serious fires in coolstores – also known as coldstores – in the last 30 years that have

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