Ceiling work nearly claimed man

A ROCKHAMPTON woman yesterday claimed another young tradesman almost lost his life when he was installing insulation in her ceiling two weeks ago.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said in similar circumstances to the accident that claimed the life of 16-year-old Rueben Barnes on Tuesday, another insulator was saved from an electric shock when the circuit breaker cut power to her home.

Federal Member for Flynn, Chris Trevor, has requested that investigations into Rueben’s death be treated “as a matter of urgency to determine what went wrong”.

“My heart goes out to this young man’s family and friends. I offer them publicly my sincere condolences,” Mr Trevor said.

From December 1, new guidelines mean ceiling insulation must not be installed until a formal “risk assessment” has been done.

But Electrical Trades union organiser Craig Giddens said more training needed to be provided to insulation installers.

Master Electricians Australia CEO Malcolm Richards said last week he had reached an agreement with the Federal Government to introduce laws that stipulated necessary training for people installing insulation.

He said the training would be rolled out across the country over the next couple of weeks.



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