Case Study

Pike River Fire

Pike River – lessons for directors and senior leaders

The Pike River tragedy offers lessons for other senior leaders and directors. To capture these lessons, the Forum asked prominent figures involved in the aftermath of the tragedy to share their insights at two seminars in April 2013.

Nicholas Davidson

Lawyer Nicholas Davidson QC represented the families at the Pike River Royal Commission. He gave his opinion on how Pike’s board, managers and workers “never saw it coming” because they failed to ask the right questions, recognise the risks and respond appropriately to warnings.

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Dr Kathleen Callaghan

Dr Kathleen Callaghan, an expert witness on “human factors” for the Commission, used what happened at Pike River to highlight common failures by directors and senior managers in relation to workplace safety.

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Ralph Chivers

Former Institute of Directors Chief Executive Ralph Chivers outlined the board’s role in safety, and new guidelines to help directors fulfill their duties.

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