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Maritime worker killed off Pilbara coast

A worker has died on Tuesday morning after he was injured trying to secure cargo aboard a ship off the Pilbara coast.

39 year-old Newcastle resident Andrew Kelly was caught between a mini-container and a cargo skip after a wave crashed over the back deck of the Skandi Pacific at approximately 5:30am AWST.

Kelly was taken to a nearby drilling platform for medical assistance, but died of his injuries.

He was survived by his wife and four children, all under the age of 10.

A spokeswoman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said AMSA investigators would inspect the vessel in Dampier.

"AMSA surveyors were expected to visit the vessel this morning which is now in Dampier,” she said.

The company which operates the vessel, Norwegian company DOF Group, said the safety of staff and their families was a priority.

"We are doing everything we can to support the families and other crew members," the company said.

"The Skandi Pacific will be met by DOF representatives and a team of professional counsellors will be on hand to offer support and care for the crew onboard."

MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin said the union would work with the regulator to ensure the cause of Mr Kelly's death was fully identified and rectified.

"The offshore industry is an inherently high safety risk environment, the highest in the country and the world, due to the isolated and unstable nature of seagoing work and the 24/7 requirements placed on seafarers," he said.

"The MUA is a relentless and unapologetic advocate for appropriate national safety and welfare programs, including equal time rosters and Employee Assistance Programs."

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