Safety call after death of welder
INVESTIGATIONS are underway into the death of 23-year-ol d Daniel Morris who died after s uff eri ng an el ectri c shock while welding last week.
Master El e c t r i c i a ns Aus t r a l i a h a s u r g e d h o m e a n d b u s i n e s s owners to ensure safety switches are installed to avoid more deaths.
A source close to Mr Morris said an investigation was underway into the circumstances surrounding his death.
The production manager at Skilled was electrocuted while welding.
‘‘ We don’t know what happened or what’s at fault, they are still investgating,’’ she said.
‘‘ He got CPR when the ambulance arrived and he went to hospital for a week until Wednesday m o r n i n g died).’’
The source said the former Kirwan State High student was larger than life and was always surrounded by friends.
‘‘ He had a hundred friends,’’ she said.
‘‘ He drew everyone in and nobody left.
‘‘ He loved to make sure he pushed the boundaries and always had fun.’’
The source said Mr M o r r i s ’ f a m i l y a n d friends had been left devastated by his death.
‘‘ He went to work one day and all of a sudden he never came home,’’ she said.
‘‘ No-one knows what to d o w i t h t h e ms e l v e s now.’’
She said the Departm e n t o f W o r k p l a c e Health and Safety was looking into the matter.
Master El e c t r i c i a ns Australia chief executive Malcolm Richards s a i d mo s t e l e c t r i c a l
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h e deaths i n Australian homes could be prevented through the use of safety switches.
‘‘ A safety switch will cut the power to a circuit i n j ust milliseconds, which is fast enough to prevent electrocution,’’ he said.
‘‘ Even something as simple as touching a loose connection while working in the roof can cost your life, or the life of a loved one. An investment of around $ 250 can be the difference between life and death.’’
He also urged people to switch off mains electricity before entering a roof space to conduct any work, regardless of whether or not t hey were working with electricity.
‘‘ Accidentally contacting an electrical circuit or even a metal fitting that has become live can cause sudden death,’’ he said. ‘‘ Play it safe and turn off the power first.’’