Breaking: Suicide tragedy strikes family of FIFO worker

Renewed calls to change rosters have gone up from workers at the Roy Hill site after the death of a worker, said to have taken his own life during the night on Monday.

The victim was on RNR with his family when the tragedy occurred.

An anonymous Facebook post on the FIFO Construction Workers 3/1 Forum this morning said that workers had stood down yesterday out of respect for the victim.

“All the lads stood down out of respect and to raise awareness of this serious issue running rampant in our industry,” the post read.

“We need to change the 4 & 1 roster it's ruining lives.”

“RIP, this roster needs to change,” another commenter said, expressing the frustration of workers who spent long periods away from their family.

“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?”

Other commenters said the problem lies with the lack of onsite services and counselling.

The victim is understood to have been a boilermaker working on nightshift for construction contractor Goodline.

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.

The final report from the West Australian Senate Inquiry into mental health impacts of FIFO work Arrangements will be tabled in parliament tomorrow, marking the end of an extensive investigation into the effects of FIFO on workers in the resource industry.

Anyone experiencing difficulties at work or at home, particularly in relation to this story, should contact Lifeline on 131114, or Mates In Construction on 1300 642 111.

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