Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


DOC reports on Raoul Island investigation

16 June 2006

Department of Conservation reports on Raoul Island investigation

A Department of Conservation investigation into the Raoul Island eruption in March has found DOC worker Mark Kearney’s death was a work place accident that could not have been prevented.

Auckland Conservator Sean Goddard said the investigation report, released today, concluded there were no Department management decisions or system failures that could have prevented the fatality.

“The investigation team found that staff and managers were aware of the risk of volcanic eruption and earthquakes on Raoul and that there was a strong health and safety culture.”

“The eruption on March 17 that caused Mark Kearney’s death was, in the view of GNS Science who advised the Department on the level of volcanic threat, an unpredictable ‘blue sky” event.”

Mr Goddard said the investigation had made a number of recommendations on health and safety management for the island and that these were being implemented.

“Although none of the recommendations in the report would have prevented this tragic accident, there are lessons that we can take from the accident and steps that can be taken to reduce the chances of staff being exposed to similar events in future.”

“We have reviewed hazard control plans to specifically include the volcanic hazard around the crater lake area as recommended in the report, and have put in place an exclusion zone restricting access to this area for volcanic monitoring and all other work.”

“This exclusion zone will remain in place until an independent risk assessment of staff exposure to volcanic hazards is undertaken, as recommended in the report.”

The feasibility of remote monitoring of volcanic activity on the island would also be investigated, said Mr Goddard.

The Department has also put in place a more formal communication protocol with GNS Science in relation to all volcanic and tectonic hazards on the island.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news