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Pilbara Iron charged with unsafe work environment

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The Department of Mines and Petroleum has charged Pilbara Iron in relation to the death of Brent Glew in 2011.

The Canning Vale diesel fitter was killed on August 16 while working on a front loader at Rio Tinto’s Brockman 2 mine in the Pilbara.

He was removing a tilt cylinder from a loader when he was fatally crushed.

He had previously worked as a HD fitter for Consolidated Minerals and as a diamond drill fitter for contractor Swick Mining Services.

DMP Resources Safety Acting Executive Director Andrew Chaplyn said Pilbara Iron Company (a subsidiary of Rio Tinto), had been charged under theMines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 for failing to provide a safe working environment.

The first court mention is on October 8 at Tom Price, Western Australia.

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