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Charges laid over fatal helicopter crash

first_imgCharges laid over fatal helicopter crash NT WorkSafeNT WorkSafe has charged two company directors with Queensland-based Hewitt Cattle Australia Pty Ltd’s (Hewitt Cattle Australia) over a helicopter crash in Central Australia, which killed one worker and seriously injured another. They each face a maximum penalty of $400,000 if found guilty.Each company director has been charged with two breaches of s 32 and two breaches of s 33 of NTs WHS laws for failing to comply with their duty to exercise due diligence under s 27 of the WHS Act (Duty of officers).The crash at Ambalindum Station in 2018 claimed the life of the 47-year-old pilot and seriously injured the 24-year-old passenger, who was employed as the station’s Head Stockman.The investigation found alcohol in the helicopter at the crash scene and alcohol in the pilot’s room at Ambalindum Station. The toxicology report showed the presence of alcohol at the time of the pilot’s death. Also contributing to the fatal crash was the load weight and weight distribution of the helicopter.NT WorkSafe Senior Director Bill Esteves says aerial mustering has several hazards, such as very low level flying, high workload, negative effects from weather, obstacles such as power lines, trees, and terrain, pilot distraction, and small power margins.“This coupled with the additional hazards of intoxication, overloading and poor weight distribution increases the risk of a crash to extreme levels,” Mr Esteves says.“Company directors must demonstrate a high standard of due diligence in workplace safety”.“They must ensure that the resources and systems of their businesses minimise risk to health and safety”.“We allege the company directors failed to comply with their duty to verify the company had and used appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise the risk.”The matter is listed for mention in the Alice Springs Local Court on 16 December 2020. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Alcohol, Alice Springs, AusPol, Australia, Central, court, crash, fatal crash, Government, health and safety, helicopter, investigation, Northern Territory, penalty, Queensland, resources, Safety, weather, Weightlast_img read more

North West business leaders discuss Brexit challenges in special meeting

first_img Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase North West business leaders met yesterday with the Northern Ireland Secretary of State to discuss the unprecedented challenges facing the economy in the region.Brexit and the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s exit from the EU was high on the agenda as was the City Deal for Derry.Sinead McLaughlin, CEO of Derry’s Chamber of Commerce met with Karen Bradley and says she imposed on the Secretary of State how the possibility of a border remains a major concern:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleOpposition parties claim government’s SCU could undermine civil serviceNext articleTaoiseach dismisses suggestion of a US/Canada border in Ireland News Highland Facebook North West business leaders discuss Brexit challenges in special meeting 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Facebook By News Highland – March 6, 2018 Homepage BannerNews Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Twitter Google+center_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Pinterest Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn WhatsApp Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Google+last_img read more