Soldier dies following training accident at Kapooka

ADF STATEMENT 23 APRIL 2019:

It is with deep regret that the Australian Defence Force confirms the death of an Australian Army soldier in New South Wales over the Easter weekend.

Private Liam Wolf was completing basic training at the Army Recruit Training Centre in Kapooka, New South Wales, when he was involved in an incident on Friday, 19 April 2019.

He was transported to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, before being airlifted to Sydney for specialist treatment.

Despite the best efforts of emergency services and hospital health-care providers, Liam was pronounced dead on 23 April 2019.

Defence offers its deepest condolences to Liam’s family and friends and ongoing welfare support is being provided to them.

Defence notes the commendable actions of those Army members and health staff involved in providing immediate first aid.

Due to privacy requirements, Defence will not be releasing any further information regarding the soldier’s personal or service details.

Media are asked to respect the privacy of the member’s family and fellow soldiers at this difficult time.

The Australian Defence Force continues to work with the New South Wales Police and ComCare to investigate the incident and therefore Defence will not make further comment on the details of the incident at this time.

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5 thoughts on “Soldier dies following training accident at Kapooka

  • 05/05/2019 at 12:06 pm
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    I dunno about this story, there is something odd about it.

    What exactly happened?

    I have seen other reports and they don’t give any details either.

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    • 05/05/2019 at 12:11 pm
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      Hi Cav. The detail in this story is exactly as Defence released – and I don’t like to mess with it, being such a sensitive issue. However, I have heard from sources that the lad fell from the high-wire confidence course.

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  • 05/05/2019 at 10:17 am
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    To the Editor,

    Dear Sir,

    I note that you have written in the casualty piece that the incident at 1 RTB, is being investigated by NSW Police and Comcare. This can’t be correct as Comcare no longer has a hold over the ADF since DRCA took over from SRCA (1988). This was deliberately done to stop Veterans from calling on Comcare and the SCRA to override the DVA.

    The removal of Comcare was necessary to stop Comcare from telling the ADF what to do. To stop the continued fines and interference with DVA so called investigations. DRCA has required the DVA to set up Workplace investigation and safety units, but they are nothing like Comcare and I doubt the standard would even be mediocre.

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    • 05/05/2019 at 5:53 pm
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      Hi Michael. I shall ask Defence for clarification.

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      • 09/05/2019 at 4:43 pm
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        Hi Michael,
        Defence’s response is…
        “Comcare are the national work health and safety regulator for the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
        Comcare’s jurisdiction applies to all Defence workers, including the Australian Defence Force (ADF), with some limited exceptions (such as being involved in ADF incidents that occur on warlike and non-warlike operational deployments) under section 12D of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
        Defence is cooperating with Comcare in their investigation into the incident which resulted in Private Wolf’s death.
        The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA) is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and is a separate function to Comcare’s national regulation of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.”

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