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Union calls for harsher workplace penalties after death of contractor in Welshpool

The family of a truck driver killed at a worksite in Welshpool have left touching tributes at the scene of the tragedy.

The contractor, who is aged in his 40s, was completing a delivery at the steel fabricator on Sheffield Road on Friday morning when the tragedy unfolded.

It is understood the man was crushed by a heavy steel pipe that fell from the truck.

He was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital with critical injuries but sadly died a short time later.

WorkSafe investigate at the Welshpool scene.WorkSafe investigate at the Welshpool scene.
Camera IconWorkSafe investigate at the Welshpool scene.Picture: 7 News

It is the third work-related death in WA in a month, with the Transport Workers Union appealing for tougher penalties for workplace safety breaches.

“We can no longer say if somebody dies at work it’s an accident,” TWU branch secretary Tim Dawson said.

“It’s not an accident. We should do everything we can to make sure that people when they go to work that they come home at the end of the day.​”

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Mr Dawson offered his condolences to the family and friends of the man, and said enough was enough.

TWU branch secretary Tim Dawson has called for tougher workplace penalties.TWU branch secretary Tim Dawson has called for tougher workplace penalties.
Camera IconTWU branch secretary Tim Dawson has called for tougher workplace penalties.Picture: 7 News

“We believe that the ultimate is to say — you don’t supply a safe workplace — you go to jail,” he said.

Just last month young plumber Ryan Duffus died at a Mosman Park construction site when he became trapped in a water-filled trench.

A day earlier, an experienced tree lopper died at a Waroona site in WA’s south.

Worksafe investigators spent several hours at the Sheffield Road site on Friday, with the truck still cordoned off.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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