A tribute outside the new RAH to worker Jorge Castillo-Riffo, who died in 2014. (ABC News: Daniel Keane)
Security inspectors compromised their investigation into the loss of life of a employee throughout building of the brand new Royal Adelaide Hospital by failing to right away look at the location and interview witnesses, a coronial inquest has heard.
- Jorge Castillo-Riffo was crushed on a scissor carry on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital website in 2014
- An inquest into his loss of life is informed inspectors failed to right away look at the location and conduct interviews
- A senior security inspector concedes these steps “ought to have been carried out”
Development employee Jorge Castillo-Riffo, 54, died in November 2014 after he was crushed whereas utilizing a scissor carry in a confined house on the CBD website.
On Wednesday, SafeWork SA senior work well being security inspector Stacey Vinall was known as to offer proof on the inquest earlier than state coroner Mark Johns.
She stated she was tasked in November 2016 with making ready the case in opposition to the contractors constructing the hospital — Hansen Yuncken and Leighton Contractors (HYLC) — for trial.
Throughout questioning by Jeremy Gormly for HYLC, the courtroom heard Ms Vinall turned conscious of the shortcomings within the preliminary SafeWork investigation two years after Mr Castillo-Riffo’s loss of life.
“Your administration of this matter was compromised by the failure of the investigation within the first place,” Mr Gormly stated.
“The very fact is once you took this matter over and also you had try to work out what had occurred … you discovered that the ‘golden hour precept’ had been considerably breached through the preliminary investigation.”
The courtroom heard SafeWork inspectors have been unavailable on the day of Mr Castillo-Riffo’s accident and didn’t attend till the next day, by which era the scissor carry had been eliminated and the location returned to enterprise as ordinary.
“It would not have mattered how diligent these investigators have been after they attended on the 28th, the very fact is that the essential piece of [machinery] had been uplifted from the location the day gone by and eliminated,” Mr Gormly stated.
“That machine ought to have been left in place till the investigation was carried out.”
Companion ‘mortified’ machine was moved
The courtroom heard the scissor carry was then left outdoors the police compound at Ottoway and by the point SafeWork officers inspected the machine, it had rusted.
Ms Vinall agreed throughout her proof that inspectors had additionally failed to talk to witnesses on the building website, did not take satisfactory pictures and had not compiled an investigation plan as required by the organisation’s protocol.
“Some work had not been carried out that ought to have been carried out, that’s appropriate,” she stated.
“It did come to my consideration that the investigators hadn’t attended on the preliminary day however I did not know any purpose.”
The inquest additionally heard the potential for a brand new SafeWork prosecution in relation to the case was “nonetheless a dwell concern”.
However outdoors courtroom, Mr Castillo-Riffo’s associate Pam Gurner-Corridor stated she was uncertain that will come to fruition.
Pam Gurner-Hall at a rally outside Parliament House in 2017. (ABC News: Malcolm Sutton)
She stated she was not shocked by the proof about SafeWork SA’s failures.
“I used to be mortified from day one which they moved the machine from the location earlier than that they had an opportunity to analyze it absolutely, that was a extremely large bone of competition proper from the get go,” Ms Gurner-Corridor stated.
“There’s simply no method on the earth that you must transfer a bit of kit.”
Ms Gurner-Corridor stated employees on the hospital website informed her after her associate’s loss of life that that they had by no means been interviewed for the SafeWork investigation.
“There have been inspectors who did not have a fricking clue about what they have been doing and that is placing it mildly,” she stated.
The SafeWork SA prosecution of Mr Castillo-Riffo’s employers SRG Constructing and HYLC was dropped in early 2017, simply three days earlier than the trial was as a consequence of begin.
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