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The manufacturer has been found in breach of health and safety laws, with a judge claiming it had “failed dismally”.
According to reports, the judge acknowledged that while the business is not in a financial position to pay the fines, the charges expose the manufacturer’s failings.The explosion occured in 2009 when baker David Cole, repeatedly attempted to light a 3-decade old oven, unaware that gas was building up inside the baking chamber. Eventually the door blew off the oven and hit Cole, who was trapped when a section of the roof collapsed. Cole died and another worker at the scene was seriously injured.
The case is similar to a local case involving the directors of the Pokolbin’s Drayton’s Family Wines. The winery was charged with failing to ensure the safety of their workers which resulted in a 2008 explosion which killed two people.
Workcover NSW launched a criminal investigation against the winery almost two years after a coroner revealed that poor safety measures was a key cause of the blast which killed two employees.
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