EWP accident at Ichthys construction project

A worker has been injured this morning in an EWP accident at the Ichthys onshore project near Darwin.

CFMEU organiser Shaun Taylor said the accident occurred at around 8:45 this morning, when the operator was pinned between the EWP and a second surface.

“The investigation is still underway, but all we can say at this stage is that he’s conscious, stable and being assessed at the Darwin Hospital,” Taylor said.

“That part of the package [UGL Kentz Mech 1] has been stood down pending the investigation, there will be no high risk construction activity done or EWP operated on that part of the package until the investigation is concluded.”

A spokesman for Ichthys Project operator Inpex and JKC Australia LNG confirmed the incident occurred at the Bladin Point site and resulted in injury to a worker.

“The person was treated at the scene and has since been taken to Royal Darwin Hospital for further assessment,” he said.

“Immediately following the incident, operations in the area were suspended.

“The incident is under investigation and NT WorkSafe has been notified.

“At all times, the safety and wellbeing of our workforce is our highest value.”

There have been two EWP fatalities in the mining and resource construction industries over the past 16 months, including rigger Mark Galton at Boggabri last year, and charging technician Josh Martin at Telfer.

Both fatalities were linked to accidental activation of EWP controls.

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