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Dad waits for report into explosion that killed his son

Michael and Helen Chapelhow mourn their son at Mark's memorial.
Michael and Helen Chapelhow mourn their son at Mark's memorial. Michael Richards

INVESTIGATORS are still conducting interviews and working with Queensland Police a month after Mark Chapelhow was tragically killed at Veolia in South Trees.

Mr Chapelhow was killed when a refractory kiln exploded on October 27, he was thrown back into a steel container and rushed to Gladstone Hospital where he died.

Mark Chapelhow died in an explosion that took place at Veolia a month ago tomorrow.
Mark Chapelhow died in an explosion that took place at Veolia a month ago tomorrow. Facebook

"I am not angry at anyone. My intent is to wait for the report to come through because I think they are in the best position to investigate," he said.

"I did go and visit the site to get some understanding from the employer of what happened.

"I visualised my own chain of events which was very hard."

He said Mark was a smart man.

"He wouldn't have done anything stupid," he said.

"I have just sheltered myself from any adverse comment about the company, equipment and the incident."

A spokesman for Queensland Workplace Health and Safety said the investigators are "still conducting interviews".

He said the investigation didn't have a deadline.

"Investigations can sometimes take months, depending on their complexity," he said.

But Mr Chapelhow said he was told the investigators had six months to decide whether or not action would be taken against Veolia.

Michael Chapelhow at the memorial.
Michael Chapelhow at the memorial. Michael Richards

Originally from Western Australia, Mr Chapelhow took a job in Gladstone that allowed him to work in the one place to spend more time with his young son and partner.

After his death Mr Chapelhow was taken back to Western Australia for a private family funeral, his partner and there son moved back to be with family.

Michael Chapelhow said they had received many generous donations to go towards a trust fund for Mark's son.

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