Family of FIFO worker who suicided backs inquiry push

By Bronwyn Herbert

“It is important that a review is undertaken to understand the circumstances of the recent reported FIFO deaths, their link to FIFO work and what we can learn from these cases to inform and improve early intervention and support for FIFO workers and their families.

“It’s fair to say the stresses placed on a FIFO workforce are different than a different type of work arrangement, not saying they are greater, but they are certainly different, and they are exacerbated by those facts of isolation”.

Dr Jennifer Bowers led the research project and says the prevalence of mental distress in the FIFO sector ranges between one in every four to one in every three workers, compared to a national average of one in five.

It’s fair to say the stresses placed on a FIFO workforce are different than a different type of work arrangement … and they are exacerbated by those facts of isolation.

The family of a fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) worker who took his own life has backed calls for an inquiry into a spate of suicides involving workers on resources projects in Western Australia‘s Pilbara region.

Read more here: ABC

    

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