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Guilty Verdict for Munition Blast Triple Fatality

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A munitions company and its chief operating officer have been found guilty of failing to maintain a safe workplace after a fatal explosion killed three workers and injured two others.

Quin Investments and its boss Nik Kuzub were on trial in the Industrial Court in Adelaide over the explosion in 2006 at the Gladstone factory in the mid-north of South Australia.

The court found there was inadequate maintenance of machinery and both defendants were in breach of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Garry Harris, whose son Damian was one of those killed in the blast, spoke briefly to reporters outside the court.

"All I can say is we waited four years, we've now found out that it was totally preventable. What more can I say?"

Lawyer for the defendants Grant Germein thinks the magistrate sided with the Government and SafeWork SA.

"The magistrate has simply accepted what we regard as nonsense theory put up by the Premier's Department," he said after the hearing.

The case will return to court next month for submissions on penalty.

Reported by ABC News: First posted Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:16am AEST

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