CSI pleads guilty to Fortescue miner death

Source: Safety at Work

Crushing Services International has pled guilty to charges relating to the death of Kurt Williams as Fortescue's Christmas Creek mine last year.

Williams, 24, died last August while greasing a motor when he was fatally crushed by a ladder attached to a tripper unit at the top of the ore processing facility.

Questions surrounding work practices at the mine site were immediately raised following Williams' death after it was revealed he was working alone on night shift.

The matter faced court last month with Crushing Services International, which was working as a contractor at the mine, charged under the Mines and Safety Inspection Act for failing to provide a safe working environment.

CSI has now pleaded guilty to the matter.

The WA DMP welcomed the plea, stating it was a pleasing result for a very tragic incident.

"I am sure it will be a relief to the victim's family that this court matter will not continue to be a protracted process," WA DMP Resources Safety executive director Simon Rdige said.

"It should also serve as a reminder that safety needs to be the number one priority for everyone, especially mine operators.

"There is no room for complacency, every fatality or serious injury is one too many.

"The department will continue to work with mining operators to ensure WA operates to high safety standards, but in any instance where that is found not to be the case, the department will hold those responsible to account."

The matter has now been adjourned until 19 September for sentencing.

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