After almost eight years of providing 24/7 on-site medical services and support at Rio Tinto’s Cape Lambert port upgrade project, St John’s dedicated team headed home.
This massive Pilbara-based iron ore project, located approximately 1,572km north of Perth in the remote town of Wickham, involved significant round the clock aviation, marine, rail and heavy construction activities. It included installing three new twin core dumpers and building a new 1300m long wharf, which is capable of handling four ships and supporting an annual export of 320million tonnes of iron ore.
During this time, 30 committed paramedics and support staff provided medical expertise to not only project employees working on-site, but to members of this workforce housed in accommodation villages and to those living off-site in the adjacent areas of Samson and Wickham.
Fulfilling this role since 2007, following our engagement by SKM for Rio Tinto, our paramedics successfully managed all manner of work and non-work related treatments, with the latter including dental emergencies, cricketing injuries, bicycle falls and even the odd snake bite. Between October 2010 and July 2015, when the project’s most significant program of expansion was underway, our on-call team responded to more than 30,000 non-work related presentations.
In addition to providing important and necessary medical and support services, our team worked closely with Rio Tinto, SKM and other members of the Cape Lambert project team to actively help promote beneficial health and well-being initiatives and policies to its large FIFO workforce.
The work undertaken by the St John team based at Cape Lambert was widely praised and acknowledged by Rio Tinto and SKM’s senior management team, which is testament to our ongoing commitment, professionalism and leadership in the field of pre-hospital care.
Executive Manager Medical Services Glenn Carmody said, “The Cape Lambert construction project was a major job for St John over a significant period of time. The team working up there, whether on full-time secondment or relief, dealt with all manner of jobs and were tested every day round the clock. Over the entire time they were stationed at Cape Lambert, we received nothing but praise for the teamwork they exhibited and the quality of service, advice and response provided.”