The site of the pipeline explosion in Onehunga that killed
Charges have been proven against a company charged over
the Onehunga pipeline explosion which killed a woman in 2011.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment laid two
Health and Safety in Employment Act charges against Canadian
Pacific Limited in relation to the Onehunga pipeline
explosion on 4 June 2011.
Watercare employee Philomen Gulland, 48, was killed when an
explosion ripped through an underground pipe in Onehunga.
Ian Winson, an engineer, also suffered horrific injuries in
the incident and later had both his legs amputated above the
Several other workers were injured.
Canadian Pacific, a contractor, was found guilty of failing
to take all practicable steps to protect employees and ailing
to take all practicable steps to protect others.
According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Enterprise, a reserved judgement was released today by Judge
He said the company should have, but failed to, take
practicable steps to identify the hazard of explosive gas,
instruct its employees to follow the Watercare Services
Limited restricted area procedure and carry out atmosphere
testing or monitoring prior to and during the "hotwork".
"Because the monitoring was never carried out it is
impossible to come to any conclusion as to causation [of the
explosion] and in any event I am not required to.
"Thus the charges are established but there is no sufficient
proof that the failures identified were causative of the
explosion," Judge Ronayne said.
A sentencing date for Canadian Pacific Limited has not yet
In September, Watercare Services Limited was convicted, fined
$81,000 and ordered to pay $315,000 in reparations.