Police response to man crushed to death 'pathetic': brother
THE brother of a Toowoomba man who was crushed to death in a workplace accident has called the police response time to the accident "pathetic" and accused the Office of Industrial Relations of failing to refer the death for criminal investigation.
Simon Poxon was killed in a workplace accident on his second day at a new job on February 26, 2013. He and a co-worker at Sherrin Rentals were refuelling a knuckle boom when another Sherrin employee, Jameson Boon, reversed a tower truck into the boom, trapping Mr Poxon.
After police found insufficient evidence to charge Mr Boon, Fair and Safe Work Queensland launched a prosecution against him but not Sherrin Rentals. Mr Boon pleaded guilty and was placed on a $5000 bond.
Speaking at a pre-coronial inquest conference in Brisbane on Tuesday, Mr Poxon's brother Michael said police took nearly an hour to respond to the accident - and the first officer on the scene did not record when she arrived.
"The response time of the Queensland Police Service is somewhat disappointing, in fact it's quite pathetic," he said.
Megan Jarvis, counsel assisting the coroner, said Michael Poxon had alleged Fair and Safe Work Queensland legal director Peter Matthews told him he had failed to refer the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The inquest will be expanded to investigate police response time, whether Mr Boon should have faced more serious charges, and why an ambulance officer let Mr Boon leave the scene before police arrived.
Ms Jarvis as well as representatives from the Queensland Ambulance Service and the Office of Industrial Relations, Fair and Safe Work Queensland's new name, agreed to the expanded inquest scope.
The inquest is set to run from Tuesday, March 29 until Friday, April 1 in Toowoomba.
- APN NEWSDESK