Contractor fined $115,000 over death at FMG’s Christmas Creek mine

Crushing Services International has been fined $115,000 for the death of a worker at Fortescue Metals Group’s Christmas Creek mine last year.

Electrician Kurt Williams, 26, died on August 14 last year.

Williams was greasing a motor when he was fatally crushed by a ladder attached to a tripper unit at the top of the mine's 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.

FMG took control over the processing facility at Christmas Creek a month after the accident stating it wanted to “ensure safe and hazard free operation" at the site.

Following an investigation, The Department of Mines and Petroleum charged CSI for failing to provide a safe working environment.

The company plead guilty to the charge and had its fine reduced from $225,000 as a result.

"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 spokesman Simon Ridge said.

A spokesman for CSI said the company was extremely saddened by William’s death.

"We accept the court's verdict and we think that … this whole incident, from the company's point of view, is a tragedy and Kurt's death is something that we in the company feel very deeply about," he said.

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