31/07/2014 - 13:18

Paspaley charged over death of pearl diver

31/07/2014 - 13:18

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Paspaley Pearling Company has been charged over the death of 22-year old pearl diver Jarrod Hampton off the Kimberley coast in 2012.

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Paspaley Pearling Company has been charged over the death of 22-year-old pearl diver Jarrod Hampton, who died while working off the Kimberley coast in 2012.

Paspaley has been charged by WorkSafe for failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment for its employees.

On April 14 2012, Mr Hampton died on his second day working for the family-owned company.

Paspaley faces a maximum penalty of $200,000.

WorkSafeWA commissioner Lex McCullough said the charge came after an extensive investigation.

“The investigation was a significant and complex one,” Mr McCullough said.

“The matter is now in the hands of the courts, and WorkSafe will not make any further comment.”

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