Appeal launched for Carli’s family
THE community has rallied around the family of young mother Carli Watsford, after she died as a result of a quarry accident at Nyora last Tuesday, March 1.
Carli, formerly of Berrys Creek, was living at Garfield. The community there has instigated a fundraising campaign to support her fiancé Gary Dehaas and young daughter Kira, eight months old.
Carli, 30, was also expecting another child.
She was the daughter of Craig and Lillian Watsford of Berrys Creek, and the close sister of Adam.
Craig told The Star, “We would just like to thank all the staff at the quarry and the emergency services that were involved.”
WorkSafe is investigating Carli’s death after the dump truck she was driving at the top of the quarry fell into the quarry, off the South Gippsland Highway, just after1pm. She died at the scene.
Police and WorkSafe will prepare a report for the Coroner.
A spokesperson for the operator of the quarry, Metro Quarry Group, said the company extended its condolences to the woman’s family and friends.
“The matter is currently being investigated by WorkSafe and management is cooperating fully with the relevant authorities,” the spokesperson said.
“We will not be making any further comments at this stage.”
The death is the second fatality at the quarry. On November 22, 2010, employee Adrian Dowel was killed while operating an excavator.
He was suffocated after sand inundated the excavator’s cabin after a wall collapsed when it was destabilised by water.
The quarry was then operated by another company, TGS.
The County Court of Victoria found TGS was aware of water within the slope and had failed to take reasonable actions to prevent entry to the area. The company was convicted and fined $340,000.
Loch CFA Fire and Rescue attended last week’s incident. The tragedy is the fifth workplace fatality this year.
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