Landlord becomes the focus in inquest into death of Baby Isabella in veranda accident
There should be laws requiring verandas to pass safety checks before homes are leased, a coroner investigating the death of a baby has found.
Queensland Coroner Annette Hennessy made the finding after an inquest into the death of Isabella Wren Diefenbach, who fell from her father's arms when his foot went through a rotten board.
Isabella was seven weeks old when she died in May last year.
She received a fractured skull from a three metre fall after going over the front veranda of her family's rented home at Yeppoon when the board collapsed and caused her father to overbalance.
During the inquest, the Rockhampton Coroners Court was told the Diefenbachs had reported the rotten wood to the managing agents, on at least four occasions prior to Isabella's death.
Some repairs were made, however Ms Hennessy found the friend of the landlord, an unlicensed and uninsured carpenter engaged to replace some of the floorboards failed to identify the extent of the damage.
Property management is a serious business and failure to attend to maintenance issues within a rental property or using unqualified tradespeople can sometimes have serious consequences as has been demonstrated in this unfortunate accident.