“It is the separation and disconnect from their family and the inability of FIFO workers to participate in family occasions that exacerbates things. High compression rosters, fatigue and the stigma of declaring that one isn’t coping are all challenges as well,” Mr Jacobs said.
Apart from bullying and harassment, Mr Jacobs said FIFO workers also face the challenge of never being able to “really go home” with on-site accommodation.
He advised resources employers to always report deaths in an operation, as their inability to do so hampers the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s ability to identify causes of deaths.
Deloitte Advanced Analytics Practice Lead Partner Coert DuPlessis said Western Australia is lagging when it comes to adopting big data to understand human behaviour.
He drew attention to oft overlooked vulnerable groups in the resources industry – older residential workers living permanently onsite as well as contractors, who tend to do work that is more dangerous and are treated differently to the average employee.