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Charges laid after fatal Wiri explosion

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/05/2016

The resulting damage at Salters Cartage, after an explosion caused by welding killed one person and sent debris flying in Borderwood Place, Wiri, Auckland, © SNPA / Grahame Clark The resulting damage at Salters Cartage, after an explosion caused by welding killed one person and sent debris flying in Borderwood Place, Wiri, Auckland, A company that describes itself as a "market leader" in the transport, disposal and recycling of hazardous waste is facing 33 charges following the death of a worker in an explosion in south Auckland last year.

WorkSafe has decided to lay charges against Salter's Cartage and its director Ron Salter after an investigation into the death of 24-year-old Jamey Lee Bowring in September last year.

Mr Bowring, a contractor from Huntly, was killed at the Salter's Cartage facility in Wiri after a welding accident that caused a massive blast which was heard kilometres away.

Salter's Cartage and Salter face 11 charges under the Health and Safety in Employment Act and 22 charges under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act.

A number of the charges aren't directly related to Mr Bowring's death, but arise from WorkSafe's investigation and relate to issues around the storage of materials at the Wiri site.

The charges were laid in Manukau District Court on Thursday. No date has yet been set for a first appearance in court.

Salter's Cartage specialises in waste oil collection and fuel delivery and disposal.

On its website it describes itself as an innovative market leader in its area of operation.

The Wiri site is home to a 50,000-litre distillation unit, which heats oil to remove water and contaminants.

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