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Australia FIFO worker sues mining company after dingo attack left 'hole in her arm'

08:12  22 october  2019
08:12  22 october  2019 Source:   watoday.com.au

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A FIFO worker is suing a West Australian mining company after a pack of dingoes “ate a hole” through her arm during a frenzied attack on the Telfer Gold Mine site last year.

Eureka Lawyers began proceedings against Newcrest Mining, the operator of the Telfer site in the Pilbara region, in the West Australian District Court on behalf of Deborah Rundle on Monday, accusing the company of negligence over the dingo attack.

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In the writ, Ms Rundle, who worked as a security guard on the site, said she was eating her lunch near the barbecue area about 1pm on July 18, 2018, when a dingo ran across the table and snatched her a paper bag with her phone in it from her hand.

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“I stepped forward to pick up my phone but saw the dingoes looking at me,” she said.

“I started to back away, facing them, when they attacked me. They grabbed at my arms and legs while I screamed for help.

“The dingoes ate a hole in my right arm just below the elbow and tore at my right leg and my wrist.”

The attack also saw her ankle bit through to the bone.

The writ detailed extensive injuries Ms Rundle suffered as a result of the attack, which included a significant period of time spent at the state trauma ward, and said she had experienced post traumatic stress.

Ms Rundle said she had reduced sensation where she had skin grafts to treat her injuries, extensive scarring, restricted movement in her hands and arms, and nightmares after the attack.

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The writ claimed Ms Rundle had incurred significant medical and travel expenses due to the injuries, as well as a loss of income and superannuation due to her inability to work.

Ms Rundle’s lawyer Alex Illich said Newcrest had breached its duty of care to Ms Rundle as an employee in not ensuring proper measures were place to protect workers from dingoes on site.

“This tragic incident was foreseeable and everyone understands the dangers of allowing wild dingoes on site,” he said.

“It is inexcusable that Newcrest had a complete disregard for the safety of workers.”

The writ filed by Eureka Lawyers alleged Newcrest failed to take any adequate or reasonable precautions for the safety of Ms Rundle, and failed to set up fencing or barriers to stop wild dogs entering the site.

In the wake of the attack last year, and after workers raised concerns about dingoes on site, the company held a review of the incident and its wider dingo management program.

At the time, WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the attack should serve as a "wake-up call" regarding the "increasing problem" of wild dingo populations in regional WA, and workers also spoke out about the scale of the problem at the Tefler site following the attack on Ms Rundle.

One former employee said there was often "at least" 10 dingoes hanging around the site after dark, and referenced the “dingo stick” they were told to carry.

Newcrest Mining did not respond to requests for comment.

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