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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure a written policy and procedure for the extraction of effluent is in place;
- Ensure a means to stabilise a pontoon is in place;
- Ensure a hazardous container is securely covered; and
- Ensure a secure and adequate fence is in place around a hazardous container.
The victim was employed as a truck driver and farm worker. On the day of the incident, he drove a tanker to the sump to pump the effluent into the tanker.
The victim was found deceased in the effluent underneath the pontoon. The coronial autopsy determined that the cause of death was drowning.