Seven plankers fired

Things are getting tough down under for those who think pretending to be a plank is a wizard wheeze.

Seven mine workers were sacked or suspended for “planking” at some of the biggest mining operations in Western Australia’s Pilbara region over the weekend.

According to WA Today   six of the fired workers were employees with construction contracting outfit Conneq and one was an employee of BHP Billiton.

A BHP spokeswoman talked about the workers being involved in three separate planking events over the weekend.

Two workers were sacked for the actual planking while the others, including a supervisor, were dismissed for watching and taking photos.

Planking is a bizzare internet thing where somebody lying flat on their stomach in unusual or different environments.

Already there have been people who have been injured or killed while carrying out planking stunts.

Conneq managing director David Marchant said the dismissals were a result of a direct contravention of the outfit ‘s employment conditions. So we guess outfits have written in anti-planking clauses into contracts now.

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union secretary Gerry Wood said he believed sacking the workers was a bit harsh, but then he works with Forestry too so he knows the meaning of a good plank.