Barrow Island FIFO worker self-harms on flight to Perth
Summary: A FIFO worker at Chevron’s Gorgon Project on Barrow Island has harmed himself on a flight to Perth.....
A FIFO worker at Chevron’s Gorgon Project on Barrow Island has harmed himself on a flight to Perth.
In a site notice, Chevron Australia’s Gorgon Project operations production manager Andrew Black said the incident took place on Friday.
“Sadly, a work mate harmed himself during the flight,” the notice, obtained byPerthNow, said.
“The person involved is now stable and continues to receive medical support. I ask we respect their privacy. That’s important.
“The quick response of the crew and fellow passengers made a big difference.
“Their efforts were commendable and demonstrated genuine care and compassion in a tough situation.”
Mr Black said Chevron took mental health “very seriously”.
He said there were options for support on Barrow Island, including a psychologist available seven days a week.
“Looking out for our mates extends beyond safety and PPE (personal protection equipment). It can also be about helping a friend get professional support,” the notice concludes.
A Chevron spokesman said: “A Barrow Island worker is receiving medical care following a non-work related incident on Friday. Our thoughts are with the individual and their family during this sensitive time. Employee and contractor assistance programs are available 24/7.”
The incident comes after a WA parliamentary inquiry was last year held into mental health issues among FIFO workers.
The inquiry was called after a spate of suicides in the FIFO workforce in the Pilbara.
It made 30 recommendations, including a new code of practice to address rosters and “explicitly acknowledge the impact of fatigue on mental health”.
In October, the State Government said it supported 14 recommendations, noted 15 and partially supported one, saying many could be achieved by strengthening existing codes of practice.
Production is due to start at Gorgon, Australia’s largest gas project, within weeks.