Two companies have pleaded not guilty to charges laid by the Department of Labour over a fatal gas explosion in Auckland.
Philomen Gulland, 48, of Canada was killed and six other people were injured in the explosion in Onehunga in June last year.
Watercare pleaded not guilty in the Auckland District Court on Monday to a charge of failing to ensure the safety of its employees and two charges of failing to ensure that staff working for a contractor were not harmed.
Canadian Pacific Ltd also entered a plea of not guilty to charges of failing to ensure the safety of its employees and failing to ensure employees did not harm anyone else.
The two companies are due to appear in court again at the end of August