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Contractors charged over FMG Port Hedland accident

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The Department of Mines and Petroleum in Western Australia have brought charges against two companies in relation to an accident that occurred in 2011.

Mining service contracting companies Inline Engineering Services and The Pilbara Infrastructure have been charged with failing to ensure the safety of a worker was not adversely affected by the work being undertaken.

The incident occurred at the FMG-owned Port Hedland iron ore facility on July 8 2011, when contractor Bevan Coutts was assisting in the removal of a gearbox from a train indexer and was caught between the indexer arm and a steel structure.

One of Coutts’ legs was cut off in the accident and the other was badly crushed, which was later medically amputated.

Coutts later learned to walk on prosthetic limbs and continued to suffer emotional and mental distress.

The incident was one of a spate of other injuries and deaths that occurred at Fortescue Metals-owned operations

The contracting companies have been charged under section 12 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act of Western Australia and section 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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