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Mining giant commends ‘brave’ FIFO worker for criticising unsafe conditions

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A resources multinational honoured a remote employee who reported a substandard work environment.

BHP recently commended a female team member who complained about unsafe conditions at a Newman mine camp.

“It takes courage and bravery to relive traumatic experiences,” a spokesperson said according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The employer promised to assist anyone who reports misconduct no matter how high-ranking the accused might be.

“We continue to support the impacted person. We are also ensuring that support is available to any of our people who need it,” the spokesperson told the broadcaster.

“We are committed to creating a culture that is safe, inclusive and respectful at all times.”

The remarks came shortly after the WA District Court sentenced Ryan John Zabaznow to five years in jail, for sexually penetrating his female fly-in fly-out (FIFO) colleague without consent back on 18 November 2020.

“You made a deliberate decision to take advantage of her for your own sexual gratification,” judge Linda Petrusa said in court according to the Australian Associated Press.

Petrusa rejected Zabaznow’s claims that social media messages show their intimacy was consensual, everything was “all good” and he was “not a c–t”.

The jury heard the woman drank 15 mid-strength beers, vomited and passed out in a donga before being attacked. Zabaznow was eventually dismissed after an internal review during late 2020.

“Whilst it is true you did not use any violence you did not have to. She was sleeping the sleep of the inebriated when you started. Although she woke the fear and/or shock paralysed her, and force was not necessary,” the judge said according to the newswire agency.

The victim who still remains anonymous was relieved to hear Zabaznow would be jailed, and state parliament launched an inquiry into FIFO sexual harassment.

“It was my voice that spoke for fellow FIFO workers within the industry that felt ashamed alone and too scared to come forward at the time,” she said at a press conference.

Zabaznow could be eligible for parole after three years.

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  • Sadly the only way a co.oany pays attention is when the comolaint is made by a female. As such us men have become.e reliant on women to voice concerns because males are treated as trouble makers for voicing a concern. I am fifo and have seen this multiple times ans have been very glad when a female speaks up because they’re the only 1s who are listened to now days.
    Welcome to the reasons for mental health decline and sadly why as a result some men are now having less respect for women as a result and why even women are now getting scared of other women more so than men

  • 15 beers?
    Was she stockpiling because I didn’t think you were allowed to have that many.
    Also RSA by bar staff!

    • I would be asking other companies who are affiliated with you to reevaluate thier business dealings with you from now on if this is your stance on a woman being raped.

      This is an industry in which needs change. I am appalled at your vulgar disregard for this brave young woman’s courage in coming forward despite the obvious prehistoric mindset that so many still have.

      Women have the right to do whatever they want and that includes drinking 15 beers. You then went and blamed the barr staff. You have no empathy for what has actually occured or once even mentioned what that pathetic excuse for a human being did to her while she was passed out.

      Gareth Golding

      August 14, 2023 at 7:41 pm
      15 beers?
      Was she stockpiling because I didn’t think you were allowed to have that many.
      Also RSA by bar staff!

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