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Investigation into death of pearl diver progresses

Issue Date: Wednesday, 24 October 2012

WorkSafe has issued a reassurance that the investigation into the death of pearl diver Jarrod Hampton in April this year is progressing.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that, given the high level of public interest in the case, it was timely to reassure the Hampton family and the community that the investigation was continuing.

"Much of the preliminary investigation has been completed and relevant information has been gathered from a number of sources, including from various witnesses," Mr McCulloch said.

"The investigating team has also consulted industry experts and the WA Water Police in the course of the investigation.

"It needs to be said that much of the investigation covers very technical areas, and a great deal of information needs to be considered.

"The investigation has taken the inspectors to and from Broome on several occasions, and witnesses have had to be accessed at various points across the globe.

"We need to completely understand exactly what happened around this event in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, and that will not be a quick process. The investigating team is focussed on doing a thorough job, which needs to be at the expense of speed.

"I have every confidence that WorkSafe officers will conduct a high-quality investigation into the circumstances of this tragic event."

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