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Christchurch: Fatal work place accident update

New Zealand Police Alert 3:00pm 27 Feb 2008 Canterbury

Location of incident: Christchurch

Incident type: Fatal work place accident

Press Release - Number 2 Fatal Work Accident 27 February 2008

Police and Department of Labour staff are currently investigating a fatal accident which occurred at the Jellie Park Aqualand Pool redevelopment. Detective Sergeant Greg Cottam of Papanui Police advises at approximately 10.45 am on Wednesday 27 February 2008 they were notified of a serious accident on the work site involving a worker.

Ambulance staff attended however a 53 year old worker Ian Dorward, who worked on the site, was pronounced dead at the scene. Detective Sergeant Cottam advised that there were no suspicious circumstances to the death and that it was a routine Coronial enquiry conducted jointly with the Department of Labour. The site was closed for the remainder of the day while the scene was examined and work was expected to resume tomorrow. He said enquiry staff had appreciated the co-operation of staff on the site at a traumatic time for them.

Issued By: Inspector Alan Weston


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