Rainbow windmill deaths continue to affect the local community
Posted on January 6, 2011
In March 2010, SafetyAtWorkBlog reported on the deaths of two farmers in the rural town of Rainbow in Victoria. They died when a windmill they were transporting on a property made contact with overhead power lines. The deaths continue to be a difficult topic of discussion throughout the Wimmera-Mallee, as I found out over the Christmas holiday season.
The coronial inquest into the deaths of John and Michael Helyar began in Horsham in November 2010 and will continue in April 2011. Some of the inquest reports in the local newspaper make for harrowing reading but also provide an important insight into the decision-making process that occurs at the site of a workplace fatality and one that involves close friends.
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