Territory Stories

The Northern Territory news Fri 15 Nov 2019



The Northern Territory news Fri 15 Nov 2019

Other title

NT news


The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT






Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

News Corp Australia

Place of publication


File type



Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

News Corp Australia



Parent handle


Citation address


Page content

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15 2019 NEWS 13 Charges over work fatality A TENNANT Creek company has been charged over the death of an apprentice electrician. NT WorkSafe charged Dexter Barnes Electrical and its director Russell ODonnell over failures in the workplace which led to the death of fourth-year apprentice electrician, Derick Suratin, 34. In February Mr Suratin and a third-year electrical apprentice were on the roof of the Tennant Creek Fire Station, working unsupervised on a live system. Mr Suratin was electrocuted when he touched a live wire and was unable to be revived. NT WorkSafe acting executive director Chris Wicks said the death was an example of the risks faces by inexperienced workers in a workplace. These charges are a reminder that employers must ensure that workers are appropriately trained and supervised, and should ensure that all sources of electricity supply to premises are isolated before commencing electrical work, he said. The category two offence for failing to comply with Section 19 duties under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 carries a maximum penalty of $300,000 for an officer, and $1,500,000 for a body corporate. NT WorkSafe alleges Dexter Barnes Electrical failed to identify and improve risks to health and safety, did not provide adequate instruction about the work to be undertaken; to ensure its workers were aware of and complied with its Safety Management System, and to properly train and supervise its workers. NT WorkSafe also alleged Mr ODonnell failed in his duties by not ensuring Dexter Barnes Electrical was compliant with the Act. The matter is listed for mention in the Tennant Creek Local Court on December 11. Unions NT general secretary Joel Bowden welcomed the action but said more needed to be done. Were encouraged this is going ahead but at the same time we need to eradicate deaths at work, he said. RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS raphaella.saroukos@news.com.au Derick Suratin, who died while working at Tennant Creek Fire Station, is pictured with partner Marie Bottomley Picture: FACEBOOK Coles Beechwood Smoked Half Leg Ham Get $10 off when you purchase Coles Beechwood Smoked Half Leg Ham this weekend only Serving suggestion only. Product sold unglazed From the Meat Department. Offer available from Friday 15th November to Sunday 17th November 2019. While stocks last. No rainchecks. Offer not available at Coles Express. $10 off the total cost of the Ham. Reasonable retail quantities apply. $9kgkgkgkgkg$$$$$9999 this weekend only 99 6 15881 $10 OFF Territory Families is seeking expressions of interest for the Youth Detention Centres Official Visitors Program which operates under the Youth Justice Act. Official Visitors are community members appointed by the Minister for Territory Families for a period of 3 years who attend the youth detention centres once a month to provide independent advice about the treatment, behaviour and conditions of youth detainees. Applicants need to hold a valid Ochre Card and a full criminal history check is required. Under an approved Special Measures recruitment plan, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants will be given priority consideration and preference in selection for the Official Visitor Program if they meet all criteria and are suitable at the position level. To obtain an application form and find out additional information please contact: Aysha Kerr A/Recruitment Officer, Youth Justice Territory Families Ph: 8922 0411 Email: aysha.kerr@nt.gov.au Applications close: 27 November 2019 TERRITORY FAMILIES EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Darwin and Alice Springs Youth Detention Centres Official Visitors Program

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain the names, voices and images of people who have died, as well as other culturally sensitive content. Please be aware that some collection items may use outdated phrases or words which reflect the attitude of the creator at the time, and are now considered offensive.

We use temporary cookies on this site to provide functionality.
By continuing to use this site without changing your settings, you consent to our use of cookies.