The New Zealand coroner has released photographs (above) of the Carterton Disaster, a little over three years since 11 people lost their lives in a fireball that engulfed their hot air balloon.
Some of these images are distressing. They show the flash as the basket ignites after touching power lines, then the balloon rising rapidly before deflating and crashing in flames.
Previous articles about this incident
Last month an inquest was held in Britain into the death of young rugby player Tom Sewell. Five years ago Tom Sewell started his first day of a working holiday in New Zealand and was killed whilst riding a quad bike on a farm in Katikati, on the North Island…
We’ve blogged many times about the high numbers of deaths, serious injuries and near misses in New Zealand’s tourism industry, the egregious lack of safety awareness and attitudes that can be best described as “she’ll be right”. Read posts tagged Adventure tourism or see our adventure tourism and safety Wiki for further details.
A report into the inquest by Getsurrey.co.uk showed how both the NZ and UK coroners highlighted a serious lack of duty of care and health and safety awareness at the farm. What they found has wider implications for workplace health and safety, and the whole of the tourism industry in New Zealand, especially working holiday providers.