Monday, February 12, 2007

Widow seeks damages after fatal crane accident

ABC News Online - Last Update: Thursday, January 12, 2006. 2:26pm (AEDT)

The widow of a man killed in a workplace accident in southern Tasmania more than two years ago is seeking more than $500,000 in damages from her husband's employer.

The coroner, Ian Matterson, criticised the crane hire company Elliott Brothers in his findings into the death of 44-year-old Keith Mitchell.

Mr Mitchell was an employee of Elliott Brothers in September 2003 when he and two others were working to transfer a boat from a Margate home to a trailer.

The crane toppled and Mr Mitchell was killed when he was struck by the boom.

Mr Matterson released his findings this week.

He found the crane did not have the necessary instruments, which would have enabled the crane's operator and rigger to determine how safe the lift was.

He said this matter should have been addressed by Elliott Brothers.

In a writ lodged in the Supreme Court in Hobart, Mr Mitchell's widow, Denise Linda Mitchell, is alleging the company was negligent.

She is seeking damages of nearly $530,000.

The court has not set a date to hear the matter.

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