Coronial inquest into 'pink bats' death

A CORONIAL inquest will be conducted into the death of Matthew James Fuller in Meadowbrook in October 2009.

Mr Fuller, 25 at the time, died after shooting a metal staple into a live electrical cable while installing foil insulation as part of the federal government's home insulation program.

Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced on Sunday he had ordered the inquest.

Mr Bleijie said despite an inquest being recommended by then Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett, it was never undertaken.

"Mr Fuller's family also applied to the District Court to have an inquest held, but three years on this still hasn't happened," he said.

"This family deserves to have this heard in an open court by the coroner and recommendations need to be made so that as a society we can learn from the mistakes of the past.

"When the insulation program was rolled out, a number of concerns were raised about the level of training offered and the lack of risk assessment conducted.

"Unfortunately, it took the loss of four young lives in similar circumstances before the program was canned and questions need to be answered.

"Mr Fuller's partner Monique Pridmore was working with him at the time and also suffered serious injuries.Their employer, QHI, was later fined $100,000 for failing to conduct its business safely.

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