Water tank collapse at Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Charges laid over Coast hospital watertank collapse

CHARGES have been laid over the collapse of a large water tank on the Sunshine Coast nearly two years ago.

Currimundi mother Lou O'Brien was driving with her two children past the Sunshine Coast University Hospital's construction site in October 2015 when she saw an explosion out of the corner of her eye.

That was just before 2.7 million litres of water smashed into her car.

 

Water tank collapse at Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Kawana Way. Shaken, Lou O'Brien comforts her twins Alex and Zali, 11, after a lucky escape. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily
Water tank collapse at Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Kawana Way. Shaken, Lou O'Brien comforts her twins Alex and Zali, 11, after a lucky escape. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily Che Chapman

"I thought it was - you know when a building explodes and it's all dust and matter - but it must have been the foam from the water," she said.

"The car just got hit. It was like a train hit us."

 

Water tank collapse at Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Kawana Way. Local Photographer, Lou O'brien and her twin children Alex and Zali, 11, were washed from the road in their SUV by what Lou described as an explosion of water, the impact smashed in the windscreen. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily
Water tank collapse at Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Kawana Way. Local Photographer, Lou O'brien and her twin children Alex and Zali, 11, were washed from the road in their SUV by what Lou described as an explosion of water, the impact smashed in the windscreen. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily Che Chapman

Structural engineers have now been charged over the incident.

The ABC reports that Jason Lindsay and engineering business Lindsay Consulting Ply Ltd are accused of failing to comply with a health and safety duty that exposes a person to risk of death, serious injury or illness.

 

Water tank collapse at Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Kawana Way. The scene was described by witnesses as being like a tsunami.  Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily
Water tank collapse at Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Kawana Way. The scene was described by witnesses as being like a tsunami. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily Che Chapman

Mr Lindsay told the ABC that he was informed of the charges on Monday, and planned on defending the matter.

"I don't think I've done anything wrong," he said.

The offence carries a maximum fine of $1.5 million for a corporation, or $300,000 for a business.

The matter is due to be heard in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court in September.



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