Excavator operator pleads not guilty to manslaughter
An excavator operator has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of a workmate following a machinery incident at a development site at Springfield in April 2017.
Neil Edward Norris is facing a trial in Brisbane’s Supreme Court.
Prosecutor Phil McCarthy told the jury Mr Norris was operating the excavator when a set of mechanical shears fell away from the bigger arm of the excavator and hit the victim Peter Tullet in the head. He died in hospital the next day.
The court was told a mandatory safety pin that would make the shears "impossible" to come loose was not inserted.
Mr McCarthy told the jury instead of helping the victim, Mr Norris and another man tampered with the scene by reconnecting the shears and safety pin and then Mr Norris deliberately lied about what had happened.
The jury heard that Mr Norris told police in a later interview that it was a mix of an "adrenaline rush, panic and not knowing what the f--- to do - we just put the pin back in".
Mr Norris has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.
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