Evidence of Jody Taylor, worker at Euromin

P – You worked at Euromin from May 1997 to April 1998?

JT – Yes.

P – You worked as a casual?

JT – Yes but full time.

P – 5 days a week?

JT – Yes.

P – The job involved working sometimes in the hold, sometimes on the quay?

JT – Yes.

P – Did you have any training to work in the hold?

JT – Not really.

P – Did you know Jim?

JT – Yes.

P – Did Jim explain about working near the grab?

JT – Yes.

P – Did you have a high vis jacket and a hard hat?

JT – Sometimes.

P – Did anyone enforce wearing these clothes?

JT – There were notices up in the site office.

P – If you didn't wear a hat did any one tell you?

JT – Not all the time.

P – On the 24 th April, what time did you start?

JT – I arrived at 8 am. The Cambrook wasn't in yet.

P – Were Harris and Ford already there?

JT – Yes.

P – Did Sean arrive after you?

JT – Yes.

P – Did you see Simon arrive?

JT – Yes. He came in after me. They were having some difficulty bringing the ship in.

P – Who allocated the jobs?

JT – Roger Grant was supposed to be in charge.

P – Did he exercise control?

JT – Not really. It was Jim the crane driver who controlled things.

P – How did the allocation of jobs end up?

JT – We sorted it out for ourselves.

P – Was this normal?

JT – Yes.

P – Were there enough people to do the jobs?

JT – No.

P – What was your job?

JT – To take the hooks off the bags.

P – You had not seen Simon before?

JT – No.

P – What was the first sign that something had gone wrong?

JT – I heard a shout and the crane stopped.

P – So you and Grant went into the hold and looked?

JT – Yes.

P – Were you then told to do something?

JT – Yes. I was told to keep out of the way so I went to the sheds.

P – Were you later asked to clear up what was left?

JT – Yes.

P – Were you not happy about that?

JT – No.

P – Did you work at Euromin again?

JT – No.

P – Why was that?

JT – Because of the incident. I'd seen what the Liebherr could do.

 

D – Your job entailed yard work and unloading?

JT – Yes.

D – Did this include working in the hold hooking bags?

JT – Yes.

D – Was this a simple task?

JT – Yes.

D – Had Jim explained the dangers to you?

JT – Yes.

D – Had a date for training been arranged?

JT – Yes.

D – You knew you should wear a high vis jacket and hard hat?

JT – Yes.

D – Sometimes you'd be told about this and sometimes not?

JT – Yes.

D – Grant was responsible for supervising the unloading?

JT – Yes.

D – Was he supervising on the morning of the 24 th ?

JT – Grant was off arranging things on the Cambrook because they were having difficulty finding enough men.

D – Someone must have told you what to do?

JT – Yes.

D – One of the senior men must have told you?

JT – Yes.

D - Was it a normal day's work before the “accident”?

JT – Yes.