Posts Tagged ‘ Labour Department ’

Icepak investigator honoured

Jun 1st, 2012 | By

The Labour Department expert who investigated the Icepak fire at Tamahere has been honoured.

Keith Stewart, one of the department’s leading health and safety experts, has been given a lifetime achievement award for his 35 years of dedication to workplace health and safety in New Zealand.

He was honoured for his contribution and commitment to health and safety at this year’s Workplace Health and Safety Awards gala dinner in Auckland on Thursday.

Reports to inquest lift wraps

Sep 9th, 2011 | By

Reports provided to this week’s inquest into the death of firefighter Derek Lovell are comprehensive accounts of the events leading up to and on the day of the 2008 tragedy that are not widely known.

The Fire Service released its report in September 2008 but the more detailed Labour Department report into the explosion and fire more than three years ago has been under wraps until now. The reports are available on Tamahere Forum.

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.

Fire interest continues + poll result

Jan 20th, 2010 | By

Worldwide interest continues in the tragic Icepak Coolstores explosion and fire at Tamahere in April 2008, and its aftermath.

Tragedy lesson to bosses: DoL

Dec 16th, 2009 | By

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.

Blast fines, compo found wanting

Dec 15th, 2009 | By

A judge today fined Mobile Refrigeration Specialists $56,000 and ordered the company to pay $175,000 to the victims of the April 5, 2008 Icepak Coolstores blast, the widow of fireman Derek Lovell and the seven other firemen injured in the tragedy.

"Catalogue of errors" causes blast

Dec 15th, 2009 | By

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.

Icepak gas detector inferior

Nov 24th, 2009 | By

A Hamilton District Court Judge has ruled that the company that installed gas-detection equipment at the Icepak Coolstore, Tamahere, that exploded in April 2008, didn’t deliberately choose and install an inferior product.

Icepak director pleads guilty

Oct 5th, 2009 | By

Icepak Coolstores director Wayne Grattan pleaded guilty to a charge arising from last year’s fatal fire at Tamahere in the Hamilton District Court today but charges are to be withdrawn against two other directors.

Plea likely over fatal fire

Jun 14th, 2009 | By

The Labour Department’s case against those charged over the fatal coolstore fire at Tamahere near Hamilton last year has been in court again.