Man loses leg in Fortescue Port Hedland accident

A man has lost a leg and had the other crushed at Fortescue Metals’ iron ore facility at Port Hedland on Friday.

A Fortescue spokesperson confirmed that there was “a serious incident” involving a contractor carrying out maintenance work, according to The West.

It was reportedly happened after a hydraulic ram failed.

The man is in intensive care at a Perth hospital.

This latest accident comes only days after a contractor was killed at BHP Billiton’s Port Hedland iron ore facility.

Shadow mines minister Jon Ford said the state would have “blood on its hands” if it continued to neglect mine safety in the Pilbara.

Ford said there was only inspector based in the Pilbara compared to nearly 15 in the Eastern Goldfields.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union state secretary Kevin Reynolds called for greater union access to sites to aid in preventing workplace accidents such as these.

"There is a ready made safety inspector ready to go and that is the union movement and they (the Government) should tap into that," Reynolds said.

He went on to say that the union will conduct its own investigation into this latest accident.

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