Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Metrowater Cleared In Sewer Accident

Auckland City water and wastewater utility company Metrowater was today cleared in relation to a 1999 sewer accident that claimed the lives of three men.

Auckland District Court Judge Nicola Mathers today dismissed all charges against Metrowater, saying there was no case to answer.

The Department of Labour had contended that Metrowater had failed to take all practicable steps to prevent harm to employees and contractors.

In her decision, Judge Mathers said that at the end of the prosecution case she had had difficulty pinning down what practicable steps OSH was saying Metrowater should have taken.

She said it was important not to be led into the trap of hindsight. Metrowater's high standards of health and safety were uncontested. Judge Mathers found that Metrowater had not just been content to leave its contractor Stargate responsible for health and safety, but had taken the further step of introducing a random audit process.

"No reasonable court could safely convict Metrowater," she said.

Metrowater Chief Executive Graham Coxhead said he was relieved that the company had been cleared.

"This was a tragic accident that has shaken our whole industry internationally. Manholes are always dangerous and we take every step possible to protect the safety of our staff and contractors. We are relieved that the Court has confirmed that we did all we could have. We grieve for the families and colleagues of the three men who died," he said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election