Fire Safety: Fatal Winery Blast Awaits Prosecution Decision
The explosion at the Draytons Family Winery in early 2008 resulted in the death of respected vigneron Trevor Drayton and welder Eddie Orgo.
Assistant winemaker William Rikard Bell was only spared because he jumped into a dam to douse flames that had engulfed his body .Last year Deputy State Coroner Hugh Dillon placed blame of the explosion upon systemic failures.
He reportedly discovered that liquid ethanol vapours ignited while Orgo was welding a wine vat.Upon the initial inquiry it was believed that the blast fell into the category of negligent manslaughter as a result of an industrial accident.
WorkCover has reportedly conducted an investigation and is currently reviewing all available evidence from the initial inquest. WorkCover will determine whether it is in the best interest of the public to let public prosecution proceed.
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