Widow relieved after inquest
ON December 18 back in 2010, Pam MacDonald's life changed forever.
Her husband, Wayne MacDonald, was killed in a tragic incident at Foxleigh Mine when a tyre he'd just finished changing exploded.
He was killed by the air blast of a 22.5 inch truck tyre, which was attributed to "zipper failure" when the vehicle was lowered to the ground.
"Wayne was my soulmate and it was all taken away from me," Mrs MacDonald said.
"I had no chance to say goodbye or anything."
Coroner David O'Connell published his findings after a two-day inquest into the death was held in May this year.
"I'm relieved. It's been close to four gruelling years," Mrs MacDonald said.
The inquest was difficult for Mrs MacDonald, but she was determined to see it through.
"I felt I needed to do it for Wayne and I think that's where I got my strength," she said.
"I needed to know the findings and the recommendations, so this doesn't happen to another person."
But some of the findings upset her, she said.
Mr MacDonald was in the gap between two sets of tyres underneath the trailer attached to a prime mover.
It has been recommended a trolley jack with an extended handle be used to avoid such close proximity to the tyres.
"Something so simple ... why wasn't that in use long before this happened," she said.
Mrs MacDonald said it "hurts the most" that his life could have been saved by the implementation of such a simple piece of machinery.
She was happy that Mr O'Connell had put time limits on some of the recommendations.
Her life since her husband's death had been "total turmoil", she said.
"I don't know where I'm going with my life now," Mrs MacDonald said.
"I'm finding it difficult to set goals ... because I've lost my purpose."
Mrs MacDonald is selling her Hervey Bay home that she lived in with husband for three years before his death.
"I can't deal with being here with all the memories."