The Courier-Mail

Worker’s death has hard les­son


AN IN­QUEST into the elec­tro­cu­tion of a young man at a Queens­land con­struc­tion site un­der­lines the need for bet­ter elec­tri­cal safety, the State Gov­ern­ment says.

Jason Gar­rels, 20, was killed when the switch­board he was car­ry­ing came into con­tact with live wires at a hous­ing site at Clermont, west of Mackay, on Fe­bru­ary 27, 2012.

Paramedics ar­rived within min­utes but the am­bu­lance could not get to Mr Gar­rels be­cause of wet and muddy ground. Coro­ner David O’Con­nell de­liv­ered his find­ings this week with rec­om­men­da­tions to pre­vent a sim­i­lar tragedy, which the Gov­ern­ment said it would con­sider.

A gov­ern­ment in­dus­trial re­la­tions group is now con­sid­er­ing how best to re­spond to the Coro­ner’s find­ings.

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