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Contractor dies in Cairns workplace incident

On August 20, air conditioning contractor Sol Fagan tragically fell from a vent at James Cook University (JCU) in Cairns. Fagan, 40, died as a result of the fall.

A spokesperson from JCU offered the following statement: “We can confirm that Mr Sol Fagan passed away while working at James Cook University’s Cairns Campus.

“The University has reached out to Mr Fagan’s family, and counselling has been provided to staff and students impacted by this incident.

“JCU is also assisting Police and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland with their investigations.”

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has issued the following statement:

“Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has commenced an investigation into an incident at James Cook University campus where a contract worker fell from the ceiling while welding. A prohibition notice has been issued to the contract company and all work has ceased. As is the case in all workplace fatalities, WHSQ will prepare a comprehensive report for the coroner following its investigation.”

WHSQ has indicated the report may take many months to complete.

A Gofundme page has been set up to raise money for Fagan’s wife and two children.

 

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