Regional safety plea

SAFETY PLEA FOR WORKERS: Forestry workers union leader Brad Coates calls for mandatory coronial inquests into deaths at work following the deaths of four timber industry employees two years ago in a road accident at Penola. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

A REGIONAL timber workers union leader has called for the establishment of an independent safety commissioner and mandatory coronial inquests into deaths at work.

The push comes after four forestry workers were killed near Penola two years ago and the death of a construction worker in Adelaide.

The coroner has yet to announce whether there will be an inquest into the deaths of Reece Wilkinson, 23, Steven Whitehead, 22, Chris Sylvester, 17 and Nick Roser, 28, who were tragically killed on their way to a plantation in a road accident.

Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union South East secretary Brad Coates said the Penola road tragedy and a coronial inquest into a construction worker’s death in Adelaide demonstrated the need to strengthen laws surrounding workplace


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