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Commonwealth acquitted over death of pilot David Wood in Antarctica | Southern Highland News



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The Commonwealth government has won an appeal against a magistrate’s findings that one of its agencies broke the law by failing to prevent the death of a helicopter pilot in Antarctica. David Wood, 62, was just about to return to his chopper after depositing some fuel drums on the icy continent when he fell about 10 metres into a crevasse in 2016. He was trapped for about five hours and later died from hypothermia. The Commonwealth’s Australian Antarctic Division and government contractor Helicopter Resources were subsequently charged with three counts each of exposing workers to the risk of death or serious injury by failing to comply with health and safety duties. Magistrate Glenn Theakston cleared Helicopter…

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