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Perils of the Pilbara

« Back to News Articles Perils of the Pilbara

Some things in the Pilbara never change and the extreme temperatures is one of them.

Sadly, this year more workers have succumbed to the extreme weather and isolation of the remote parts of the NorthWest.

Yet workers continue to be sent out to work in these remote places without adequate means of communication or survival training.

Which leads me to this vital question: “Where is the duty of care.”

Even those working in towns and just on their outskirts can succumb to heat stress and stroke.

A few months back I was ejected from FMG’s South Hedland office after raising concerns about the lack of shelter for fuel tanker drivers.

These poor bods were delivering fuel to one of FMG’s major facilities just outside town.

They were being forced to stand unprotected on concrete slabs enduring radiant temperatures of up to 65 degrees with no shade.

The boofhead FMG boss I spoke to stated that people don't suffer heat stress or strokes on their sites.

Shame on FMG – I’d like to get Twiggy Forrest up there to see what he thinks.

I have been telling workers for years now: “If you are at risk, don't do it”.

Sooner or later some poor bugger is going to suffer the consequences of the situation at South Hedland, Then we will see how long it takes them to fix it.

I have been telling workers for years now: “If you are at risk, don't do it”.

ALWAYS REMEMBER, NO JOB IS WORTH YOUR LIFE.