Payout Closer For Rockhampton Family Who Lost Son

LAWYER Bill Potts says negotiations will start later this month to determine the compensation paid to the family of Rockhampton teenager Rueben Barnes.

Rueben, 16, was one of four young men who died on the Rudd government’s failed home insulation scheme. He was electrocuted in the roof of a house near Rockhampton in 2009.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced late last year that the families and next of kin of the victims would receive compensation. Continue reading Payout Closer For Rockhampton Family Who Lost Son

Insulation Death Compensation Payouts Expected

COMPENSATION PAYMENTS to families of those who died during the bungled home insulation program are expected early in the new year.

Barrister Ian Hanger QC has been appointed to mediate compensation for the program, which led to the deaths of four men and sent many businesses to the wall.

Mr Hanger found the deaths – of Queenslanders Matthew Fuller, 25, Rueben Barnes, 16, and Mitchell Sweeney, 22 and NSW man Marcus Wilson, 19 – were avoidable.

Continue reading Insulation Death Compensation Payouts Expected

Home Insulation Deaths: Families of Installers to be Compensated by Federal Government

Families of the young men who died during the rollout of the Rudd Government’s home insulation program will be compensated by the Commonwealth.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has outlined his Government’s initial response to the royal commission into the scheme. Continue reading Home Insulation Deaths: Families of Installers to be Compensated by Federal Government

Mark Williams Appears At Coroners Inquest Concerning The Home Insulation Program (HIP)

Acting Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is sorry for the way the Rudd government handled its home insulation scheme, after a coroner found the rush in rolling it out played a role in the deaths of three tradesmen.

The Queensland tradesmen were electrocuted in 2009 and 2010 while installing roofing batts as part of the former Rudd government’s controversial home insulation scheme, since discontinued. Continue reading Mark Williams Appears At Coroners Inquest Concerning The Home Insulation Program (HIP)

Rudd’s Batts Evidence Must Yield Answers

The relatives of four men who died installing insulation deserve answers, not apologies, from former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd when he fronts an inquiry, a lawyer says.

Mr Rudd will take the witness stand at the royal commission into Labor’s home insulation program on Wednesday, May 14.

The bungled stimulus scheme has been blamed for the deaths of Queenslanders Rueben Barnes, Matthew Fuller and Mitchell Sweeney, and Marcus Wilson from NSW. Continue reading Rudd’s Batts Evidence Must Yield Answers

Lawyer Bill Potts Interviewed On The ABC AM Program

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CHRIS ULHMANN: A lawyer for the one of the young men who died while working on the Rudd government’s botched federal home insulation program believes former prime minister Kevin Rudd should be called to give evidence before a Royal Commission into the scheme.

The Commission is investigating how the multi-billion dollar economic stimulus plan was rolled out in 2009 and whether the government ignored warnings about the safety risks involved. Continue reading Lawyer Bill Potts Interviewed On The ABC AM Program

Day 2 of Insulation Installer Death Inquest

Kay Dibben | From:The Courier-Mail | March 12, 2013 4:29PM

Mitchell Sweeney
TRAGIC LOSS: Mitchell Sweeney (right), with brothers Brendan and Justin and mother Wendy. Mitchell was electrocuted in Millaa Milla while installing foil insulation. Source: The Courier-Mail

WORKERS installing foil home insulation in a north Queensland home were using metal staples when a young man was electrocuted, despite being told not to use them, an inquest has heard.

The inquest, in Brisbane Coroners Court, heard investigators who went to the scene after the death of Mitchell Scott Sweeney, 22, found a roof was “live” with 240 volts.

Mr Sweeney was electrocuted and died on February 4, 2010, after a cable he was using to fix foil insulation to ceiling rafters was punctured by a metal staple.

The staple had come into contact with a positive wire at the house at 13 Wattle St, Milla Milla, on the Atherton Tablelands, the inquest in Brisbane Coroners Court heard. Continue reading Day 2 of Insulation Installer Death Inquest