The Irish Examiner has reported that the stepfather of an Australian girl who died of cancer last year may have been given too much work to trim the millwork at his millworks.
The Irish Times reports that the Trimco Millworks in Katoomba, about 30 kilometres south of Townsville, is the site of the inquest into the death of 12-year-old Laura Haggard.
Laura was working in the millworks when she collapsed, with the millworkers claiming she had not been working hard enough to trim her millwork.
Laura’s mother, Sue Haggards, said the mill works were not as rigorous as the industry standard, which requires a millworker to work 12 hours a day.
She said her daughter was not getting the proper amount of work done and the mill worked to her will.
She added that the mill workers had been given a “very large task” and the family had been forced to pay for their own medical treatment.
“It was a very stressful time,” Sue Hoggards said.
“We’ve had to travel a lot.
We’ve had three surgeries.
We had to leave our home to go to hospital.”
Ms Haggarts said her mother had had to stay in Australia for three months.
“Laura is a beautiful girl, and she was the most loving child,” she said.
The inquest into Laura’s death has been told that Trimcom millwork had an “unblemished record” with a safety record.
“At the time of her death, she was receiving an average of six hours per day of millwork,” a coroner’s report found.
“Trimcom has a history of the highest standards in the industry and the safety of our millwork is of paramount importance.”
It’s understood the mill’s manager is expected to give evidence to the inquest.
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