Two fatalities at APLNG sites

TWO contractors have died in separate incidents at sites of the Origin Energy-led Australia Pacific CSG to LNG project in Queensland since Friday.

Blair Price
Two fatalities at APLNG sites

At 8.45am on Monday a 29-year-old WDS employee was fatally injured at Origin’s Reedy Creek work site at Yuleba.

Police investigations are continuing into the workplace incident, preventing both Origin and WDS from shedding more light on the type of accident that occurred.

WDS said the man was not named at his family’s request.

“Nothing is more important to WDS than the safety of its workers and we will work with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland to thoroughly investigate all aspects of this tragic event,” WDS CEO Terry Chapman said.

“In the meantime our thoughts are with the employee’s family and we will do everything we can to provide them with support at this difficult time.”

On Friday a 34-year-old Ostwald Bros contractor was reportedly found dead in his donga in another APLNG site at Eurombah Creek.

According to the Toowoomba Chronicle, the discovery was made after the man failed to appear for a morning meeting.

There is no confirmation yet that it could have been a suicide.

“Around 7.30am, police were called to the Injune Taroom Road address following reports of a sudden death,” a police spokesperson said.

“Officers from the Roma criminal investigation branch attended and have identified no suspicious circumstances.”

Ostwald said it was saddened by the employee’s death.

“Ostwald Bros are currently working with ambulance and police services onsite to ascertain the circumstances of the employee’s death,” the contractor said.

“The company has offered counselling support and assistance to the deceased’s family as well as all their employees and will continue to make that support available as needed.”

An APLNG gas processing plant is being built at Eurombah Creek.

“We offer our sincere condolences to both families,” an Origin spokesman said.

“Support is being provided to employees and contractors at both sites through counselling and employee assistance programs.”


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