New Zealand‘s workplace safety watchdog has charged 13 parties over the White Island tragedy which killed 22 people.
WorkSafe found 10 parties broke the Health and Safety at Work Act during the fatal explosion off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand, on December 9, 2019.
Those parties face a maximum fine of NZ$1.5m.
The fatal explosion on Whakaari off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand, claimed the lives of 22 of the 47 people on the island on December 9, 2019
Mackley lamented the fact there were plenty of hours in the day when the island was deserted and the volcano could have erupted
There are also three individuals who have been charged as directors or individuals after they were found to have inadequately ensured the company met its health and safety obligations.
Each individual faces a maximum fine of NZ$300,000, The Australian reported.
A hearing is scheduled for December 15 at Auckland District Court.
Forty-seven people were on the island when its volcano erupted, and only 25 people made it out alive, many with lifelong disfiguring and painful scarring.
The eruption trapped tourists on the island, many unable to outrun the plumes of acidic gas and ash that surrounded them.
Some saw their entire families wiped out, others suffered excruciating burns to nearly all of their bodies and many have undergone dozens of surgeries or been placed into long comas.
Boats are seen attempting to rescue survivors from the White Island volcano eruption last year
Authorities have stopped anyone from visiting the island since its eruption in December 2019
The eruption trapped tourists on the island, many unable to outrun the plumes of acidic gas and ash that surrounded them
Among the list of victims was Melbourne father Paul Browitt and his 21-year-old daughter Krystal.
His 23-year-old daughter Stephanie received third degree burns to 70 per cent of her body and lost a number of her fingers.
She was one of the few survivors who was airlifted off the island by a rescue helicopter.
Photographs showed only one, damaged helicopter remains on the island.
The force of the eruption had lifted the vehicle off its landing pad and badly bent one of its main rotor blades.
Before the tragedy, more than 18,000 tourists would visit the White Island volcano each year.
Australian victims in White Island tragedy: The dead and injured
24 Australians were among 47 tourists on New Zealand’s White Island when it erupted.
Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, from Brisbane.
Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, (pictured) from Brisbane are among the dead
Martin Hollander and his wife Barbara
Martin Berend Hollander, 48, from Sydney.
His two sons Berend, 16, and Matthew, 13, who attended Sydney’s Knox Grammar, both died in hospital after suffering serious injuries in the blast.
According to his Linkedin profile, Mr Hollander works at Transport for NSW as a freight initiatives manager.
He is also a director at a Singaporean investment management firm, Wipunen Incrementum Capital.
Mr Hollander and Mrs Hollander’s bodies were later recovered from the island.
Martin Berend Hollander, 48, from Sydney, was formally identified on Monday. His wife Barbara (left) is yet to be formally identified
Gavin Dallow, 53, and stepdaughter Zoe Hosking, 15, from Adelaide
The Hosking/Dallow family had been on a tour at the time of the eruption. Mum Lisa Dallow is among the injured in hospital. Her husband Gavin (right) 53, and 15-year-old daughter Zoe, from Adelaide, (left) were confirmed dead
Mr Dallow’s body was identified by police from the five bodies recovered from the island. Zoe was later formally identified as a victim.
Karla Mathews, 32, and Richard Elzer, 32, from Coffs Harbour, NSW
Karla Mathews (left), 32, is dead as is boyfriend Richard Elzer (right), 32, from Coffs Harbour
The couple were identified as those tourists still on the island and therefore presumed dead by their families.
Jason Griffiths, 33, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Jason Griffiths, 33, from Coffs Harbour was taken to hospital in critical condition but died from his injuries on Wednesday
Jason Griffiths, 33, from Coffs Harbour, NSW, died from his injuries after being taken to hospital in critical condition.
He had been on a tour of the volcano with couple Karla Mathews, 32, and Richard Elzer, 32, who are now presumed dead, friends said.
Matthew (Year 8) and Berend Hollander (Year 10) from Sydney
Matthew (left, year eight) and Berend (right, year 10) Hollander were confirmed dead on Thursday morning
Knox Grammar schoolboy brothers Matthew, 13, and Berend, 16, Hollander.
They died in two New Zealand hospitals after escaping the island with horrific burns.
Their father Martin and mother Barbara were confirmed dead.
Krystal Browitt, 21, from Melbourne, and her father Paul
Krystal Browitt was on the cruise for her 21st birthday with family
Ms Browitt was on the Ovation of the Seas cruise for her 21st birthday with family.
Mr Browitt died on 13 January in hospital.
Their mother Marie escaped death by staying on the cruise liner.
Anthony Langford, 51, and his wife Kristine Langford, 45, from Sydney
Anthony Langford, 51, (pictured with wife Kristine) had been among those still unaccounted for in the disaster. He was confirmed dead by police on Sunday
Kristine Langford, 45, from Sydney, is also among those dead.
The couple’s 19-year-old son Jesse survived the volcano eruption, and is recovering in hospital with burns to 90 per cent of his body.
Mr Langford worked for Sydney Water.
Winona Langford, 17, Sydney
Police said Winona Lanford (pictured centre back row between her parents Anthony and Kristine) was one of the missing bodies still on White Island. She is not thought to have survived
NZ Police said one of the bodies still missing on White Island belonged to 17-year-old Winona Langford from Sydney.
Winona’s mother and father have been confirmed dead.
Her body is either entombed on the deadly volcano island or is in the sea.
Lisa Dallow, 49, from Adelaide
Lisa Dallow (right with her husband Gavin who is missing), 49, from Adelaide
She was an induced coma in Hamilton Hospital, with 57 per cent of her body burnt.
Jesse Langford, 19, Sydney
Found: Jesse Langford (pictured with Michelle Spring, believed to be his girlfriend) is in hospital but his condition is not clear
He is reported to have suffered burns to 90 per cent of his body.
Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News