SafeWork SA reclassifies regional nurse’s death as work-related


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SafeWork SA has re-classified the death of a regional nurse who was raped and murdered during a late-night call-out in March 2016 as work-related.

SafeWork SA Executive Director Martyn Campbell, who started work with the agency in August 2017, reviewed the original investigation into the case after concerns were raised by the victim’s family on the program Australian Story last month.

Mr. Campbell said SafeWork SA should not have told the victim’s family that her death was not work-related.

“Based on the evidence available at the time, the finding that this death was not a workplace fatality is incorrect,” said Mr. Campbell.

He met with the victim’s family late last week to offer his apologies for SafeWork’s handling of this matter.

“I also regret any frustration this may have generated in the broader community,” he said.

SafeWork SA received new information relating to Ms. Woodford’s death that has led to the agency reopening its investigation. The agency is also undertaking a range of measures to ensure this error won’t happen again.

“We have begun a comprehensive retraining program for our current staff and are recruiting to increase our investigative capability,” said Mr. Campbell.

“I am also looking at how SafeWork SA can identify whether there are other cases that need to be reassessed in light of this matter.”

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