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News Media Releases Another worker dies in WA – reported fatalities only the tip of the iceberg
Another worker dies in WA – reported fatalities only the tip of the iceberg
Friday, 17 July 2009 13:06

A 62-year-old man died while working at a transport depot in Karratha yesterday. UnionsWA believes the man was employed as an operator by N & L Transport. The death occurred at N & L Transport’s yard in Coolawanya Way, Karratha.

The man was believed to have been transferring an elevating work platform (EWP) from the trailer of one truck to another when one of the ramps he was driving the EWP down failed.

UnionsWA Acting Secretary, Simone McGurk, said of the tragedy, “It is a very sad day for this man’s family and friends, not to mention his co-workers.”

“This is the tenth reported death in WA workplaces this year. We believe that the figures could be even higher.

“If mining companies reported road fatalities for fly in fly out workers travelling between worksites and employer-provided accommodation, the fatality figures would be significantly higher”.

On the 11 June 2008, two workers were killed and others seriously injured in a vehicle accident on a road between Leinster and a BHP site. Neither Worksafe WA or the Mines Department  investigated the incident.

Unionswa Media Release 16 July 2009 - Another worker dies in WA.pdf


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