WorkSafe to investigate Pluto death

WorkSafe will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a worker at Woodside's Pluto LNG project camp at Karratha.


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At first glance it seems there is inadequate care shown by the employer for the welfare of FIFO employees who are working away from friends and family support. I have been a FIFO employee over the past fifteen years in Australia on construction projects and it has been standard practice for a management representative to check on the wherabouts and health status of an absent employee who has been provided with construction camp or Donga accomodation. This check is in the form of a visit to the employees' accomodation on the morning of his/her absence from work. Employees living in camp accomodation for the medium to long term - i.e greater than one month, form friendships and support groups from theirconstruction camp neighbours and often shift their accomodation to be near to compatible employees. This social network provides a form of out of hours support and care in cases of illness or personal issues. Motelling removes this support and companies need to provide other ways to cover this gap

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