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WorkSafe NZ lays multiple charges against company and director over fatal Auckland explosion

13 May 2016

WorkSafe New Zealand has laid 33 charges against Salters Cartage Ltd and its director, Ron Salter, in Manukau District Court on May 12. A welder working on a 100,000-litre tank at the hazardous waste disposal company died on September 15 last year when the tank exploded causing a massive blast that was heard kilometres away.

Both the company and Salter, as director, face 11 charges under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. The maximum penalty for most of the HSE charges is a $500,000 fine for the company and a $500,000 fine and/or two years' imprisonment for the director.

The company and Salter are also facing 22 charges under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act, for which the maximum penalty is a $500,000 fine and/or three months 'imprisonment for the director.

"A number of the charges, particularly those under the HSNO Act, arise from the investigation into the worker's death, but were not directly related to the incident, such as issues relating to the storage of other materials on the site," WorkSafe said in a statement.

Salter's Cartage, based in Wiri, south Auckland, specialises in waste oil collection and fuel delivery and disposal.

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