A man whose wife died two years ago while taking photographs at a disused quarry east of Perth is suing the State Government department that controls the site.
Nigel Brayley wants damages from the Department of Environment and Conservation, which manages Statham's Quarry.
He alleges it failed in its duty to protect his wife Lina Suria Brayley at the disused stone quarry or alternatively was negligent.
A bushwalker found Mrs Brayley, 37, on February 27, 2011 but it is believed she died about 8.30pm the day before after falling about 43m at the site in Beelu National Park, near Gooseberry Hill.
Mr Brayley said yesterday he wanted improved safety at the site and believed his wife's death could have been avoided if DEC had better managed hazards at the quarry.
A District Court writ claims the former quarry, which was open to visitors, was dangerous because there was no fencing, lighting or warning signs near where a path ended close to a 50m drop.
It alleges the DEC had sawn off three unmarked star pickets abseilers used near ground level which created a tripping hazard near where Mrs Brayley fell.
It also refers to a 2005 hazard risk assessment Mr Brayley obtained under freedom of information laws, which said the "trail circumnavigating the quarry . . . is extremely dangerous, it is lacking in risk signs and safety rails/fences".
The DEC said it would defend the action and was seeking advice from the State Solicitor's Office.
Mr Brayley said he wanted fencing at the quarry to protect other visitors from falling but allow rock sports such as abseiling.
The writ does not specify damages but says Mr Brayley's losses include the contribution his late wife's earnings would have made to the household, "personal services and assistance". It also claims funeral expenses, flights for his wife's family from Indonesia and her camera equipment.
The DEC said changes were made to fencing and warning signs at the quarry after a review into Mrs Brayley's death.Police are still investigating the case for the Coroner.
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