Fortescue Metals Group is one of eight companies to face the Perth Magistrates Court over the deaths of two workers at a Pilbara camp site.
Forty-seven-year-old Debra Till and 42-year-old Craig Rahb were killed, and seven other workers were injured, when Cyclone George ripped through FMG’s railway camp in March last year.
It is the first time the companies will appear in court after Worksafe laid a total of 49 charges against them in July.
FMG and its subsidiary, Pilbara Infrastructure, are expected to defend 18 charges of failing to provide a safe workplace.
Other companies involved in the litigation include BGC, Spotless Services and Worley Parsons.