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Companies charged over crushed worker
Carlton supporter Bevan Coutts meets Chris Judd and then coach Brett Ratten.

The Pilbara Infrastructure and contractor Inline Engineering Services have been charged with failing to ensure the safety of a worker who lost both his legs in a Pilbara worksite accident.

Bevan Coutts was crushed by a hydraulic arm used to tip iron ore carriages at Fortescue Metals Group’s loading facility at Port Hedland on July 8, 2011.

The Department of Mines and Petroleum this week charged Inline Engineering Services and wholly-owned Fortescue subsidiary, The Pilbara Infrastructure, for failing to ensure the safety of Mr Coutts was not adversely affected by the work being undertaken.

Mr Coutts was helping remove a gearbox from a train indexer when he was caught between the indexer arm and a steel structure.

His left leg was severed and crush injuries meant his right leg later had to be amputated.

The companies were charged under section 12 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act of WA and section 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Safety at Fortescue’s Pilbara operations has been in the spotlight after deaths and serious injuries on its mine sites over the past year.

The West Australian

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