Ausdrill sued for damages over worker death

Mining contractor Ausdrill is facing legal action over the death of an employee in Ghana in 2011.

 

49 year old John Egan died on October 3, 2011 after he fell from a bulldozer driven by Ghana local Joseph Ampomah.

Egan’s family have sued Ausdrill, claiming the company breached its duty of care.

The family are claiming $4194 per week, dating from the time of the accident to the next 15 years or until the date that Egan would have retired.

Claims also include general damages for mental distress as well treatment and funeral expenses.

At the time of the accident Egan was assessing Ampomah for competency while driving the bulldozer.

Ampomah did have a licence and identification documents at the time of the test, however these were discovered to be forgeries during an investigation by Ghana police.

A spokesman for Ausdrill told the West Australian it would be inappropriate to comment on a matter that was before the courts.

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