Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Court Rejects Firm's Plea to Drop Charges; Employee, 20, Died of Electrocution

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Court Rejects Firm's Plea to Drop Charges; Employee, 20, Died of Electrocution

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Janessa Ekert

janessa.ekert@dailymercury.com.au

A BUILDING company has failed to have charges laid against it over the death of an employee, dropped on appeal.

Jason Garrels, 20, was electrocuted on February 27, 2012 at a Clermont worksite nine days into starting his new job as a trades assistant.

He had been assisting at a construction switchboard.

His employer, Daytona Trading Pty Ltd, has been charged with failing to discharge an electrical safety obligation.

Lawyers for Daytona Trading made an application for the charges to be struck out or alternatively that further and better particulars be provided, which was dismissed in the Mackay Industrial Magistrates Court on December 9 last year.

This decision was appealed and while president of the Industrial Court of Queensland Justice Glenn Martin also dismissed the strike out application, he did order that further and better particulars be provided to Daytona Trading.

Jason's family has since relocated to Gympie after finding it too painful to remain in Clermont after his death. …

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