Katherine man killed in Darwin workplace incident

May 01 2019

 Katherine man Dwayne Beaumont is being remembered as someone with so much "more life to give" in the wake of his death in a Darwin workplace incident.

 
In a statement this afternoon, NT WorkSafe said Mr Beaumont had been helping load a hired excavator — fitted with a large bucket containing two smaller buckets and a ripper — onto a flatbed trailer.
 
He was standing on the trailer in front of the excavator when one of the smaller buckets dislodged and fatally struck him.
 
NT WorkSafe urged others to ensure excavator attachments were secured when they were being transported in large buckets, to prevent similar tragedies occurring.
 
Mr Beaumont worked for Batchelor-based aerial application services company Aerotech.
 
Family and friends have begun posting their tributes to the much-loved member of the Top End community onto social media.
 
"My heart aches for this young man, so much more life to live … Sending all my love back home," posted one family member.
 
Others commented that the incident was "so sad" and "such a tragic day".
 
An employee from Aerotech on Monday confirmed the death but would not comment.
 
On Aerotech's website, a profile of Mr Beaumont said: "Dwayne manages the ground operations for Aerotech NT and is a Katherine local."
 
"He has worked for Aerotech NT since 2009 after mustering cattle at Mountain Valley Station north-east of Katherine near Daly Waters and Maryfield Station south of Katherine," the website read.
 
"Dwayne has in-depth local knowledge, good agricultural skills and knows the local area well."
 
The exact circumstances surrounding Mr Beaumont's death remain under investigation by NT WorkSafe and NT Police.
 
NT Government to introduce new industrial laws
In the wake of Mr Beaumont's death, the NT Government has announced it would push to introduce new industrial manslaughter laws into Parliament, with the hope of passing them before the end of 2019.
 
Source: ABC News

Last changed: May 01 2019 at 4:46 PM

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