Auckland Council charged over the death of Jane Devonshire

Jane Lee Devonshire, 19, died after a rubbish truck plunged down a bank in the Auckland suburb of Birkenhead.
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Jane Lee Devonshire, 19, died after a rubbish truck plunged down a bank in the Auckland suburb of Birkenhead.

Auckland Council is being charged over the death of a teenager killed after a rubbish truck plunged down a bank.

Jane Lee Devonshire, 19, died on August 10 when the rubbish truck slid down a bank in Birkenhead, Auckland.

Worksafe NZ has laid a charge against Auckland Council for failing to take all practical steps to ensure Onyx employees were not harmed during rubbish collections.

Auckland Council contracted Onyx Group to collect rubbish bags from the steep area where the crash occurred.

A council spokeswoman said they understand Onyx had also been charged under the Health and Safety Act.

The truck slid about 25 metres into thick bush, fatally injuring the rubbish collector from West Harbour.

Devonshire's family visited the scene off Hebe Place the day after she died.

At the time, Maria Douglas said her half-sister had only been working for the rubbish company for five weeks.

Before that, Devonshire was enjoying riding horses, Douglas said.

"She loved horses - that was her hobby."

The two were close, despite being half-sisters.

"We didn't care we had different mums. We treated each other like blood sisters."

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Worksafe investigated the death.

The council spokeswoman said they co-operated fully with Worksafe's investigation.

 - Stuff

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