Demands energy company to be charged with manslaughter over the death of a young pineapple farmer worker who was electrocuted on the job while six colleagues were injured
- Cody Smith, 25, died on July 14 after his harvester hit power lines in Queensland
- Paramedics were unable to resuscitate the man while six others were taken to hospital
- Electrical Trades Union Suggested Initial Reports Show Ergon Should Be Charged
- There was a wire break that brought live conductors below the legal height
- Mr Smith’s vehicle came into contact with the wires and was electrocuted
An energy company has been charged with manslaughter for the death of a pineapple worker who was electrocuted on the job, the union says.
Cody Smith, 25, died on July 14 after the harvester he was working on hit power lines at a farm in Bungundarra, north of Rockhampton in central Queensland.
The Electrical Trades Union said initial reports suggested the Ergon electric utility was to blame and should be charged.
Cody Smith, 25, died on July 14 after the harvester he was working on struck conductors on a site in Bungundarra, north of Rockhampton
There was said to have been a wire break, causing live conductors to drop below the legal height to a level where Mr Smith’s harvester hit them, killing him and injuring six others.
Emergency services rushed to the farm and found Mr Smith still in the vehicle. He could no longer be revived.
“The asset was inspected last year, but their inspection process is clearly flawed when assets can fail so badly that they can cause fatalities,” union assistant secretary of state Stuart Traill told them. courier post.
Emergency services arrived at the scene, where Mr Smith could not be revived, and the Electrical Trades Union has suggested that energy company Ergon should be charged with manslaughter
“People get hurt and die because of their (Ergon) refusal to maintain and upgrade assets.”
Mr Traill called on the Occupational Health and Safety Department and the Electrical Safety Office to investigate the incident and other electrical system failures in Queensland.
He said the union had argued for better maintenance of the type of conductors that had been killing Mr Smith for years.
Queensland Energy Minister Mick De Brenni said he was confident Ergon was fully cooperating with the investigations.
“In regional Queensland, Ergon will invest $100 million in addition to spending recommended by the Australian Energy Regulator for maintenance and upgrades to ensure the highest possible levels of safety and reliability,” he said.
Tributes to the avid fisherman poured in on social media from friends and family on Thursday for Mr Smith following his death, which devastated his hometown of Yeppoon.
Queensland Energy Secretary Mick De Brenni was confident Ergon was fully cooperating with any investigation, while Union Assistant Secretary of State Stuart Traill said the company had ‘blood on their hands’ (stock)
“His wings came much too soon,” wrote one family member. “RIP brother.”
Mr Smith only recently returned to work on the pineapple farm before the accident took his life.
Friends posted a series of messages on social media in remembrance of their “big buddy.”
“We’ve lost a great mate and a brother to some. RIP legend, you’re already missed mate,” one wrote.