Posts Tagged ‘ Wayne Grattan ’

Icepak fire 10 years on

Mar 24th, 2018 | By

As the 10th anniversary of the fatal Icepak Tamahere fire draws near news publications are looking back on the April 5, 2008 event.

In a feature story, the NZ Herald has checked on the surviving firefighters to find their memories of the day and where they are now.

Merv Neil says the blast felt like a big kick up the backside. As he struggled to his feet he was engulfed in an orange ball of flame. Shielding himself, he briefly looked up to see an enormous cloud of smoke in the sky.



Appeal over Icepak site

Feb 20th, 2018 | By

An appeal has been lodged on the decision to decline a precedent-setting residential subdivision on the the former Icepak Coolstores site.

The site owner, former Icepak director Wayne Grattan, is appealing the resource consent decision by an independent commissioner on grounds including that undue weight was put on the precedent-setting nature of the subdivision.

Waikato District Council Hearing Commissioner David Hill said in January that the application to subdivide the 2.1ha Devine Rd block into six lots could not be justified.



Icepak subdivision declined

Jan 12th, 2018 | By

A bid to subdivide the former Icepak Coolstores site into a precedent setting number of residential blocks has been declined.

In a decision released yesterday, Waikato District Council Hearing Commissioner David Hill said the application to subdivide the 2.1ha block into six lots, all less than the 5,000 square metres provided in the district plan, could not be justified.

The application, which came almost 10 years after the Devine Rd site was razed by an explosion and fire that killed a fireman, was made by former Icepak managing director Wayne Grattan.



Icepak site sale disappoints

Jun 3rd, 2016 | By

The sale this week of the former Icepak site has failed to sever links with its tragic past.

The derelict site in central Tamahere was bought by one of the architects of the tragedy that cost the life of a firefighter in 2008, former Icepak director Wayne Grattan.

Grattan, who was personally fined $30,000 for his part in the death of firefighter Derek Lovell and injury to seven others, paid $865,000 for the former coolstore site where the disaster played out eight years ago.



Icepak now wary of gas

Sep 7th, 2011 | By

An Icepak director told an inquest into the death of a firefighter it was unlikely the company would ever use hydrocarbon gas in the future.

Wayne Grattan made the comment during a coroner’s inquest into Hamilton Senior Station Officer Derek Lovell’s death at Tamahere in April 2008.



Appeal fails, fire fines stand

Mar 29th, 2010 | By

The High Court has dismissed an appeal against the fines imposed on Icepak Coolstores and Mobile Refrigeration Specialists for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act following the fatal April 2008 fire at Tamahere.



Decision to come in fire fine appeal

Mar 11th, 2010 | By

A High Court judge has reserved his decision on appeals by Icepak Coolstores and Mobile Refrigeration Specialists over their fines for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act following the fatal April 2008 fire at Tamahere.



Icepak appeals fine

Jan 21st, 2010 | By

Icepak Coolstores has joined a Tauranga-based refrigeration company in appealing its Tamahere fire sentence, handed down in the High Court at Hamilton last month.



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.



Refrig industry beefs up training

Dec 23rd, 2009 | By

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.