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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