Near-miss at Roy Hill [UPDATE]

A Roy Hill worker who fell through a hole while working on a catwalk had returned to work.

The contractor was working on the top level of a secondary sizer scalping screen platform when he stepped backwards and dislodged a small section of gridmesh from the walkway.

The worker suffered minor injuries when he fell through the hole, but returned to work yesterday.

Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) state mining engineer Andrew Chaplyn said the department would maintain its focus on the high risk work areas at the project as the Roy Hill site progresses towards completion.

Since 1 July 2014, the DMP has issued 15 improvement notices and 12 prohibiltion notices to contractors on the Roy Hill project, and carried out 11 site visits in response to safety incidents.

"Regardless of the size of the project, there remains an obligation on companies involved to deliver the project safely," Chaplyn said.


A worker at Roy Hill has escaped serious injury after falling through a catwalk.

According to the West Australian, the man suffered only minor injuries after falling through a hole made when a small section of catwalk was dislodged on Sunday night.

The Roy Hill site was shut down for a site-wide audit of structures and walkways on Monday.

A spokesperson for Roy Hill said the principle contractor Samsung and its contractors had taken “proactive measures across the entire operations” to prevent similar incidents from occurring.

Australian Mining has contacted the Department of Mines and Petroleum and Roy Hill for comment.

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