Pil­bara Iron fined over death

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■ A Rio Tinto sub­sidiary has been fined $70,000 over the death of an em­ployee at the Brock­man 2 mine more than four years ago.

Brent Glew was fa­tally crushed by a 1400kg tilt cylin­der that was be­ing re­moved from a front end loader in a main­te­nance work­shop in Au­gust 2011.

Pil­bara Iron Com­pany was fined in Perth Mag­is­trate’s Court last Thurs­day for fail­ing to pro­vide a safe work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Mag­is­trate El­iz­a­beth Woods said the job was de­fined as “high risk”, but none of the em­ploy­ees who were in­volved had the re­quired li­cence to do the work.

“The ac­cused must pro­tect its em­ploy­ees against risks and min­imise them where pos­si­ble,” Ms Woods said.

“Some­times even the most dili­gent em­ploy­ees take short cuts and take risks to get the job done. It can’t be that com­pa­nies are pre­pared to just take a chance and pay any fine.”

The court was told a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent two months be­fore Mr Glew’s death had re­sulted in in­juries.

Pil­bara mines man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Gollschewski said Rio Tinto ac­cepted it had failed to ef­fec­tively man­age the haz­ards as­so­ci­ated with the job.

“Per­son­ally, and on be­half of the com­pany, I wish to ex­tend our sin­cere con­do­lences to Brent’s fam­ily,” he said. “Tak­ing the learn­ings from this tragic ac­ci­dent, we have made sev­eral changes that will help to elim­i­nate work­place deaths and in­tro­duced a num­ber of safety im­prove­ment pro­grams.”

Pil­bara Iron Com­pany was or­dered to pay $5000 in costs.

Pic­ture: Face­book

Brent Glew, 27, was killed while work­ing at a Rio Tinto mine site on Au­gust 16, 2011.

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