Site work resumes after death

By Roger Moroney

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Interior demolition and strengthening refurbishment work has resumed on the old Farmers building site in Napier.

The site was closed down immediately after Hastings man Jeffrey McCulloch died as a result of being struck by a steel beam during reinforcement work mid-afternoon on May 15.

Mr McCulloch, 53, had been a foreman with Patton Engineering.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (formerly the Labour Department) officers and police had the area cordoned off while they carried out initial scene investigations.

A report into the accident is expected to take several months.

The refurbishment of the site is being carried out by Havelock North and Palmerston North-based Wallace Developments.

Company chief executive Jonathan Wallace said a blessing was held at the site last Friday and workers returned on Monday.

He said some who had worked there with Mr McCulloch did not want to return - a decision understood and respected by Patton and Wallace Development.

"It was the individuals' decision," Mr Wallace said.

The site is set to be subdivided into separate tenancies - five fronting Emerson St and one on Hastings St.

Six of the sites being developed have already been leased.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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