Basically, a 55 year old guy died in a motel, of natural causes, but since he was in the hotel for work reasons the CFMEU is blaming the employer. They are having a go at Worksafe for not investigating, Worksafe are saying “But he wasn’t working, what do you want us to do? Idiots!” or something to that effect.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has pointed the finger at poor accommodation rules as being in part to blame for death going unreported for so long and wants WorkSafe to investigate. WorkSafe, however, is unsure whether it can investigate. Since the man is believed to have died of natural causes and was found in accommodation, it was not considered a work-related death, WorkSafe spokeswoman said.
It was up to police to investigate the death and prepare a report for the State Coroner. Yet the matter has angered the man's colleagues and the CFMEU said it was unacceptable that the employer did not show proper duty of care by checking up on their worker. The man, who is said to have a brother who works in the Pilbara region as a fly-in fly-out worker, had volunteered to work over the Christmas break...
“Our regulations apply to people working alone or working in remote areas. If you can’t get in contact you have to go and look for them,” the spokeswoman said.
“But this doesn’t fit since the camp is within the boundaries of the town - it’s not a remote location.”
Mr Buchan said it wasn't good enough. "WorkSafe should not be looking to little loopholes to get them out of it. The Occupational Health and Safety Act says that employers are to provide accommodation and their duties are to ensure their workers are cared for," he said.
The WorkSafe spokeswoman said however, the work safety watchdog was only able to investigate within its own regulations. Mr Buchan said the CFMEU, together with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, would continue to lobby WorkSafe and would not give up the fight.
Background info, accomodation for workers is a massive problem here so that’s why he was staying in a motel. There’s not a lot companies up north can do in the meantime to alleviate it without building actual cities in the remote NW but that’s not going to happen…keeping up with demand is the priority and it’s hard enough to do that atm.
Unions are looked on with much scorn here even by the left. They’re a joke…which is why this article was printed i’ll bet lol I was told by a friend up there that they went on strike once because the caffeteria had the wrong flavour of icecream! I didn’t believe him but he swore it was true lol