Rueben Barnes' boss banned

THE company which electrocuted Rockhampton teen Rueben Barnes has been deregistered.

According to Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett’s official website, Arrow Property Maintenance Pty Ltd was one of six companies to be deregistered from the Home Insulation Program.

They’re among the first to be listed on a publicly available website ( www.environment.gov.au/energyefficiency) following the death of Rueben Barnes (pictured) who was killed tragically while installing insulation at a Stanwell home, near Rockhampton on November 18. There has also been two other recent insulation related deaths.

Rueben’s uncle Lyndon Hull yesterday voiced his concerns on Sydney radio station 2GB and spoke with The Morning Bulletin about the move.

The family was glad Rocky-based Arrow Property Maintenance Pty Ltd was deregistered, but it wasn’t enough.

“There are still dodgy installers down here in Melbourne cutting corners,” Mr Hull said.

“I just hope the company (Arrow Maintenance) doesn’t pop up under a different name next week. I don’t want to see this (Rueben’s death) happen to another family,” he said.

He said the family wouldn’t stop their fight for Rueben.

Mr Garrett said all installers working under this program were on notice and if they broke the rules, strong action would be taken to ensure they could no longer access payments and that they can now be named to protect householders.

CQ organiser of the Electrical Trades Union of Queensland, Craig Giddins, yesterday said he hoped the move was a deterrent to other shonky insulation businesses, he was disappointed that a stringent training package wasn’t in place.

“Youth are being exploited in this industry. In some instances, it’s like handing a loaded gun to a child,” Mr Giddins said.

CEO of Master Electricians Australia, Malcolm Richards, said he was happy Mr Garrett promise that every worker in the industry would receive full electrical safety training.

The Morning Bulletin attempts to contact Arrow Property Maintenance were unsuccessful yesterday.



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