WorkSafe investigates death of worker near Albany

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WorkSafe is investigating the overnight death of a 45-year-old Department of Conservation and Environment (DEC) employee.

The woman was fighting a fire at Black Cat Creek near Albany on October 12 and sustained serious burns when a wind change pushed the fire towards her vehicle.

A WorkSafe investigation began soon after the fire, and inspectors continue to investigate the circumstances of the incident.

WorkSafe thoroughly investigates serious work-related injuries and deaths in WA with a view to preventing future incidents of a similar nature.

WorkSafe WA Acting Executive Director Ian Munns said any work-related death was a tragedy, and relayed his sincere condolences to the woman’s family.

Media contact:
Caroline De Vaney
9327 8744 or 0408 927563 (media enquiries only).
caroline.devaney@commerce.wa.gov.au
Follow @WorkSafeWA on Twitter.

WorkSafe
Media release
01 Nov 2012

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