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Roy Hill mine site alleged sexual assault sparks police probe as WA FIFO harassment report looms

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Police are investigating an alleged assault at a Pilbara mine website, days earlier than a WA parliamentary inquiry into sexual harassment in opposition to girls within the assets trade is because of be tabled.

A spokesperson for Hancock Prospecting’s Roy Hill mine website stated the alleged incident concerned two contractors, and the accused perpetrator had been faraway from the positioning and was now helping police with the investigation.

The Roy Hill iron ore challenge is positioned 115 kilometres north of Newman in WA’s north-west.

In an announcement, the spokesperson stated Roy Hill had carried out a variety of measures to strengthen security on the positioning, together with including extra safety guards.

The remote WA Roy Hill Mine has purpose-built accomodation for workers.
The contractor suspected over the assault has been faraway from the positioning, Roy Hill says. (ABC Information: Susan Lannin)

“We work arduous to supply a respectful and inclusive office the place each particular person feels secure and the place they’re inspired and supported to talk up,” they stated.

“Any actions opposite to this is not going to be tolerated.”

FIFO inquiry report due in days

After media reports exposed the extent of the issue and mining bosses held a media conference to apologise to sexual assault victims, a proper inquiry into the fly-in, fly-out trade started in July 2021.

The WA Parliament spent months listening to from survivors of sexual harassment and assault, as effectively the heads of a few of the nation’s largest mining operators like BHP, Rio Tinto, and Woodside.

Over the course of the inquest, it was revealed WA Police had investigated 23 sexual harassment claims at mine sites in two years, 21 of which have been allegedly dedicated in opposition to girls.

Numerous mining giants have since pledged to rewrite and review their processes and safety policies.

The inquiry has been chaired by the opposition’s Libby Mettam, who stated she was wanting ahead to the report being made public on Thursday.

Libby Mettam speaking against a background of green trees.
Libby Mettam hopes the report will get the eye it deserves.(ABC Information: Keane Bourke)

“It is the product of 11 months of labor of our committee,” she stated.

“I hope that it receives the eye and the urgency that it deserves from trade and authorities.”

She stated information of the alleged assault at Roy Hill was “deeply distressing”.

“I hope the lady concerned has all of the assist that she wants.”

The ultimate report from the parliamentary inquiry shall be introduced to the state parliament on Thursday.

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