New Zealand Contractor Killed at WA Mine

The death of a 24-year-old man at Fortescue’s Christmas Creek mine has been described as a great tragedy.

New Zealand national Kurt Williams was carrying out maintenance work at the Fortescue Metals Group mine when he was killed. According to Fortescue chief executive Nev Power, emergency crews were on the scene within minutes of the incident.

Fortescue’s safety practices were highlighted as a concern by the secretary of the Electrical Trades Union WA, Les McLaughlan. According to The Australian, McLaughlan claimed that the union had specific concerns around the work being carried out by Williams and believes his death may have been preventable. Fortescue Metals Group’s Andrew Forrest stressed that the firm’s operations are very safe and Power dismissed the suggestions of dangerous practice as speculation.

A prayer was held for Williams during the opening ceremony of a new port berth at Port Hedland. It is almost two years since the last fatality in the WA mining industry.


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