QCLNG workers mourn deaths twice in one week

Bechtel employees at the QCLNG gas plant have mourned fallen comrades twice in the last week, with crews stood down temporarily in respect of the tragedies.

Welding superintendent Graeme “Marbo” Walker died in a motorcycle accident on the Gladstone-Benaraby Road at approximately 1:15pm, when he was involved in a head-on collision with a four-wheel-drive.

The 54-year old female driver of the vehicle was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said Walker was a good mate to many and a valued QCLNG team member, Gladstone Observer reported.

"'Marbo' Graeme Walker worked with Bechtel for many years in the Gladstone region and his loss in the motorcycle accident last night is a tragedy," he said.

Walker’s sister Corrine Willis suggested on Facebook that the accident may have been related to his pre-existing heart problem.

Workers at the QCLNG site were stood down for 24 hours on Friday as a mark of respect.

One Sunday evening another QCLNG worker, a 67-year old Cambodian pipe lagger, suffered a fatal heart attack while working on nightshift.

The man was said to have collapsed while travelling in an elevator inside a gas storage tank.

On-site medics and RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue attended the scene, but were unable to resuscitate the man.

Workers on site took time off from work in a second mark of respect for the fallen in the same week.

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