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Coroner: wharf worker probably drug impaired

Coroner: wharf worker probably drug impaired
Article Type:
News
Publication Date:
2014-11-21
Jurisdiction:
New Zealand

A waterfront worker who was killed in a ship's hold in Lyttelton last year was likely to have been impaired by the cocktail of prescribed and non-prescribed drugs in his system, a coroner has found.

The Press reports coroner David Crerar found the man strayed into a designated no-go safety zone and was struck by a crane's scoop. A pathologist's report found the dead man had a large number of drugs in his system, which besides several prescribed by his doctor also included methadone and dihydrocodeine; there was also evidence of recreational cannabis use.

The pathologist noted "this combination of medication has strong potential for impairment in a high hazard work environment".

 

 

People Mentioned:
David Crerar
Reference No:
141121CA-9003

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