Company Fined over FMG Contractor’s Death

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A Fortescue Metals Group contractor has been fined $115,000 over the death of an electrician at the iron ore miner’s Christmas Creek operations in Western Australia.

Kurt Williams was greasing a motor when he was fatally crushed by a ladder attached to a tripper unit at the top of the Pilbara mine’s ore processing facility on August 14 last year.

Crushing Services International was charged with failing to provide a safe working environment and initially fined $225,000.

But that was reduced for an early guilty plea, the company’s remorse, previous clean record, and assistance and cooperation in the investigation.

“The company’s guilty plea has enabled this matter to be resolved quickly and saves the family further distress that a lengthy court process can cause,” Department of Mines and Petroleum resources safety division executive director Simon Ridge said.

Crushing Services International was also ordered to pay court costs of more than $3000.


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