WA: Workplace Investigates Death In Pilbara Region

Source: Perth Now

WA unions have called for more investigations into workplace accidents after a 62-year-old man was killed while working in the state’s Pilbara region.

WorkSafe WA said the man was killed at a Karratha transport depot yesterday while transferring anElevating Work Platform from one truck to another.

A ramp he was driving down at the time is believed to have failed.

UnionsWA acting secretary Simone McGurk said the man, employed as an operator by N and L Transport, would be listed as the 10th fatality at a WA workplace this year.

But Ms McGurk said the real figure for workplace deaths could be higher.

She called for a broadening in the definition of a workplace accident. Current narrower definitions could be used as an excuse not to investigate some incidents.

“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,” Ms McGurk said.

She said Worksafe and the WA Mines Department had failed to investigate two deaths at work and how another worker was seriously injured when a Vehicle Crashed on a Goldfields road near a BHP Billiton site in June, 2008.

WorkSafe WA said it is investigating the Karratha accident that claimed the 62-year-old’s life.
It was being sought for comment on the union claims.

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