WorkSafe Lose Cyclone Appeal Case
WorkSafe lost an appeal in WA Supreme Court over charges against Fortescue Metals Group that resulted in the injury of workers during a 2007 cyclone. FMG and its subsidiary company, Pilbara Infrastructure, had 17 charges against them for failing to maintain a safe work environment during Cyclone George. However, all charges were dismissed by the Magstrate’s Court in 2011.
Since then, WorkSafe attempted to appeal the decision but the Supreme Court again dismissed the claim. Despite the deaths of Debra till and Craig Raabe and the injuries, both courts reviewed the evidence and dismissed the charges. FMG is allegedly pleased with the decision from the courts. Four other companies connected with the rail camp with WorkSafe charges against them have had them dismissed or have had successful appeals.
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