9 Apr 2014

Contractor fined over deadly blast

6:42 pm on 9 April 2014

Piping contractor Canadian Pacific Ltd has been ordered to pay more than $55,000 following a deadly gas explosion in Auckland.

Engineer Philomen Gulland, 48, was killed and six others injured in the blast while work was being carried out on water main pipes in Onehunga on 3 June 2011.

Canadian Pacific was found guilty earlier of failing to ensure the safety of its workers and others.

In sentencing on Wednesday, Judge Robert Ronayne said the company failed to identify the explosive gas hazard and did not carry out atmosphere testing before and during work.

The Auckland-owned water company, Watercare, which contracted Canadian Pacific, was last year fined $81,000 and ordered to pay $315,000 in reparation.