Human error suspected in QAL fatality



A PRELIMINARY investigation has suggested a fatality at QAL last month may have been due to human error.

An internal notice about the death of Transpacific Industries employee Colin Greeves on July 17 was sent to Queensland Alumina employees recently.

'The preliminary indication is that the root cause of the incident was the failure to barricade a hatch or wear a safety harness while working around an open hatch,' managing director Johann van Zyl said.

'The purpose of the investigation is to identify the root cause to the fatality and to propose corrective actions to avoid re-occurrence,' Mr van Zyl said.

However Australian Workers Union (AWU) local organiser Tony Beers said the preliminary results did not hold much weight and the union would wait for the final finding from the division of workplace health and safety.

'QAL are undertaking an investigation, however while the AWU will await the outcome of the investigation we will not take it as gospel,' Mr Beers said.

"We will await the industry report being conducted by the division and it's not anticipated that that will be completed or rushed until mid August.''

Some QAL employees walked off site after the incident as a sign of respect for Mr Grieves.

Mr Van Zyl said workers had been offered counselling in the wake of the accident.



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