Fortescue executive reveals drug problem on sites

A Fortescue Metals Group executive has admitted the company has “a bit of a” drug problem on its work sites in the Pilbara.

Port and Rail human resources manager Richard Kinnane told Port Hedland business leaders that drugs seemed to be a problem in the FMG workforce, The West Australian reported.

“As you are probably aware, (in) Port Hedland at the moment, there appears to be a bit of a drug problem . . . well, the drug problem, that seems to be at our sites,” Mr Kinnane said.

“I'm assuming it is the same in the community.”

Last month a large scale police search operation taking in FIFO operations found methamphetamine, scales and $25,000 in cash in a 31 year-old man’s room at the FMG-run Hamilton worker’s camp.

Kinnane said FMG has introduced a new program called ‘Speak Up’ which allows workers to admit to a drug problem to avoid termination of employment.

Australian Mining contacted FMG this morning to talk about the ‘Speak Up’ program, however a spokesman for the company declined to comment on the record.

It is understood the program allows workers, who admit to having a drug problem, to take unpaid leave to seek treatment.

recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare revealed that 3.8 per cent of people aged over 13 surveyed in WA had used methamphetamine in the past 12 months, well above the national average of 2.2 per cent.

 

CORRECTION: The arrested man was previously reported as being an employee of Bam Clough. This was incorrect.

 

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