No health and safety charges over pond crash death

By Rebekah Fraser of the Hokitika Guardian

The Toyota Hilux in which Tayne Bowes drowned. Photo / Greymouth Star
The Toyota Hilux in which Tayne Bowes drowned. Photo / Greymouth Star

No health and safety charges will be laid over a fatal car accident at a Rimu goldmine in August.

Hokitika boy Tayne Bowes died after the four-wheel-drive vehicle driven by his father crashed upside down into a dredge pond at the mine.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (formerly Labour Department) high hazards unit general manager Brett Murray said they had completed a preliminary inquiry into the accident.

Investigators concluded that it was principally a road transport issue and therefore the ministry would not be laying charges against the mine owners.

However, a number of general health and safety issues relating to the mining operations in general were noted during the investigation.

"These issues were brought to the mine's attention and have now been rectified,'' Mr Murray said. He said the matter was now before the coroner.

The police have yet to rule on whether they will lay criminal charges.

- APNZ

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