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FIFO suicide prompts calls for roster change

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A FIFO worker has taken his own life, prompting calls from workers at the Roy Hill project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, to change rosters.

The death was announced on a Facebook page, FIFO Construction Workers 3/1 Forum.

“A worker on the Roy hill project working for Goodline took his own life, all the lads stood down out of respect and to raise awareness of this serious issue running rampant in our industry. We need to change the 4 & 1 roster it’s ruining lives,” the anonymous post said today.

Members of the Facebook page commented on the post, frustrated and saddened by the tragedy.

“RIP, this roster needs to change. The problem is companies pay shrinks money to create studies showing that the 4:1 roster isn’t the problem when it clearly is. Why do you think all the bosses are on 2:1 or at the most 3:1,” one person said. 

“Another irreplaceable loss, industry leaders have ignored the stress placed on workers on long rosters. However staff employees enjoy more family friendly rosters,” another wrote. 

Australian Mining said the victim was identified as Brad Bonehill, who was on RNR with his family when the tragedy occurred.

Workers were informed of the tragedy at the pre-start on Tuesday morning, and by 10am all Goodline employees were stood down for the day as a mark of respect.

An email was sent to Goodline workers on the Roy Hill site, informing them of the tragedy.

The death comes just before the final report from the Western Australian Senate Inquiry into mental health impacts of FIFO work arrangements is expected to be presented in parliament tomorrow.

Anyone experiencing difficulties at work or at home should contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. 



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