The contractor killed at a Fortescue Metals Group mine has been remembered as a "gentle giant", as separate charges are laid over a 2010 fatality at another FMG mine.
Allen Zuvela, 33, of Spearwood, died at Christmas Creek mine in the Pilbara on Sunday night and another man had serious leg injuries in the same incident.
Mr Zuvela, who worked for Global Surface Mining, was crushed in the heavy vehicle workshop.
It was the second death at Christmas Creek in four months.
A young electrical worker was killed in August.
In October, a contractor had his leg amputated after a truck accident at the site.
Mr Zuvela's friends exp-ressed anger and disbelief in Facebook condolences for the man they called "Big Al".
"Your light will continue to shine," wrote one of Mr Zuvela's friends.
"(Thank you for) encouraging me to the gym, consistent laughs and giggles, ruthless honesty with . . . giggles. (Thank you for) just being a legend and . . . eating a hot pudding in 50 degree heat."
It is not known how long Mr Zuvela, a former student at Hamilton Senior High School, had worked in the mining industry.
In a separate matter, the Department of Mines and Petroleum said it had brought charges against Fortescue contractor Ausdrill over the death of a worker at Fortescue's Cloudbreak mine.
DMP State Mining Engineer Simon Ridge said yesterday the department had charged a subsidiary of contractor Ausdrill over the death of Paul Torre, who was crushed during a routine maintenance procedure on Christmas Eve in 2010.
Mr Ridge said the contractor had been charged with failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment.
It came after Mr Ridge's order on Monday for Fortescue to increase supervision and safety checks across its entire Pilbara operation.
Ausdrill managing director Ron Sayers said yesterday neither he nor any of the company's senior management had been notified of the charge.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union wants more involvement in safety reviews of Fortescue operations.
Secretary Mick Buchan said there had been safety complaints about the Christmas Creek site in recent months.
He said workers at most mine sites were scared to complain about safety because they feared losing their jobs.