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Jason Garrels' father slams lack of site safety

PLEA: Jason Garrels’ father, Michael Garrels has appealed to Coroner David O’Connell to ensure ‘those responsible’ for his son’s death are ‘held accountable’.
PLEA: Jason Garrels’ father, Michael Garrels has appealed to Coroner David O’Connell to ensure ‘those responsible’ for his son’s death are ‘held accountable’. Contributed

MICHAEL Garrels criticised the work practices of a building company, electrician and Workplace Health and Safety in his address to Coroner David O'Connell.

Mr Garrels, who represented the family during the five-day inquest into his son Jason's death, called for a number of people to be "placed before a jury of their peers to be firstly judged and then punished".

"A number of preventative work procedures could have been undertaken to avoid this tragedy," Mr Garrels said.

>> 'Immediate danger' on site flagged days before electrocution

Some of the evidence heard in court was "damning", he said.

"I respectfully submit that from the evidence that has been presented you now have the ability to ensure that those responsible for Jason's death are held accountable," he said to the Coroner.

"The lack of any safety on site has been well canvassed through the evidence presented."

Counsel assisting the Coroner John Aberdeen made recommendations that criminal charges be laid against electrician Nathan Day, who was responsible for the electrical work at the building site where Jason was fatally electrocuted.

>> No one was performing CPR on Jason when ambos arrived

Mr Aberdeen said there was the basis for findings of criminal negligence, perjury, attempting to pervert the course of justice and obstructing the coroner against Mr Day.

Solicitor Antoinette Morton, for Mr Day, said her client had been candid while he was giving evidence, which was his best recollection of the events.

Mr Day admitted he was the person responsible for the electrical work.

Ms Morton said there was no evidence before the court to suggest that he had tried to hide the fact that appropriate safety switches had not been installed.

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