Engineer tight-lipped on Kawana water tank explosion
A STRUCTURAL engineer charged after a hospital water tank exploded will soon have to decide whether he's guilty of the Kawana catastrophe or not.
Tight-lipped and avoiding questions from the media outside the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Thursday, Jason Lindsay and his company Lindsay Consulting face charges of failure to comply with a health and safety duty that exposes a person to risk of death, serious injury or illness after a water tank at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital collapsed in October 2015.
A thermal energy storage tank, designed by Lindsay's engineering business suffered a fault, causing a wave of water to engulf Kawana Way during the hospital's construction.
Debris was strewn across the street and onlookers were in awe of the destruction caused by about 2.7 million litres of water.
Some described it as a 'tsunami'.
This week Mr Lindsay sat in the back of the courtroom while his lawyer and Workplace Health and Safety prosecutor Trajce Cvetkovski did the talking.
Mr Cvetkovski requested the matter be adjourned again for evidence documents to be provided to Mr Lindsay.
He said once the documents had been handed over, Mr Lindsay and his lawyer would come to a decision whether the case would be set for a hearing.
Mr Cvetkovski said at the matter's next mention he would request Mr Lindsay to plead guilty or not guilty.
The offence Mr Lindsay and his company is charged with carries a maximum fine of $1.5 million for a corporation, or $300,000 for an individual.
The matter will be before the court again on April 12.
Warana-based company, Australasia Liquid Storage, supplied the tank that burst and was thoroughly investigated by Work Place Health and Safety, but cleared of any wrongdoing.
Initial implications ALS was at fault led to the company's collapse and subsequent liquidation, according to its director Alan Walker.
Mr Walker sat in the back of the courtroom just two seats from the accused, as he has done on every occasion the matter has been before the court.
He told the Daily he was "frustrated" the case kept jumping back and forth, given the incident destroyed his career.
"We supplied and installed the tanks as per specification and they failed," he said.
"Well (the case) been adjourned again and still we got nothing.
"Our company closed, we lost 20 long time staff, family and commitments to support...my industry of 35 years."
He said within the 18 months it took for his company's name to be cleared of any-wrong doing, the company couldn't pick up business.
"It's very difficult," he said.
"But I'm doing my utmost to get some sort of justice or finalisation.
"My industry was running successful on the Coast, this tank explosion destroyed my business.
"It is devastating, my health, my family and my relationships - there has been a lot of problems as a result.
"I just hope at the end of the day , the cause of the failure is made public."