Glencore’s Mt Isa Mines charged with worker death

Four companies have been charged with failure to comply with the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act, in relation to the death of a worker at the Mt Isa copper smelter last year.

Glencore’s Mount Isa Mines, Incitec Pivot, Cheldon, J&L Schmider, as well as individuals Kim Timonen and Brian Corrie face 11 charges over the incident that killed worker Jordan Taurima.

Taurima was working for a cleaning subcontractor at the copper smelter in March 2013 when he was hit on the head by a dislodged pump, and died at the scene.

Eleven charges have been filed in relation to the incident.

It has been alleged that Taurima died because the six companies and individuals charged did not comply with the mining safety act.

The cases will be heard in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court today.

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