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Tributes For Father-Of-Three Killed In Henderson Loader Ramp Accident

Release date: 20/06/2015

Perth Now, by Trevor Paddenburg, 20 June 2015

THE family and friends of Clayton Thomas, who was crushed to death by the loader ramp of his vehicle, have paid tribute to an amazing “father, husband and friend”.

The Warnbro father-ofthree was killed outside a workshop on Possner Way in Henderson on Friday.
 
His wife, Holly Thomas, paid tribute to her late husband on Facebook, posting photographs of the 35-year-old truck driver.
 
Friends also took to social media to pay tribute to Mr Thomas, describing him as an "amazing person, father, husband and friend".
 
"My memory of you is that you lived for your wife and children," another tribute read.
 
Mr Thomas's truck has been impounded with WorkSafe officers to continue their examination of the machine tomorrow.
 
Mr Thomas had been employed by Kwinana-based heavy haulage company Lee's Transport, whose operators wrote: "Today we lost a good mate." The firm's safety manager, Dave Symonds, said a counsellor had been called in and the "directors, management and employees of Lee's Transport are deeply saddened and extend our sincere condolences to (Mr Thomas's) loved ones".
 
Workplace deaths in WA have soared to a five-year high.
 
Twenty-two workers have been killed on the job in WA so far this financial year, up from 16 last year.
 
There were 19 deaths in 2012/13, 17 in 2011/12 and 21 in 2010/11, according to WorkSafe figures.
 
Transport Workers Union WA's Paul Aslan said another workplace death was devastating but he "wasn't surprised" the figures were at a five-year high.

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