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An electrician has suffered burn injuries and his employer fined $60,000 following an arc flash incident at Atlas Iron’s Wodgina iron ore project in Pilbara.

The incident took place in November 2013 but the company was found guilty in July this year of exposing an employee to a hazard and was fined $60,000.

The electrician was replacing components within a switch room at the Pilbara mine when the incident occurred.

The Department of Mines and Petroleum Mines Safety Director and State Mining Engineer Andrew Chaplyn highlighted that the employer failed to ensure proper maintenance of electrical equipment at the mine. 

The worker was exposed to live electrical conductors because electrical equipment did not have a barrier preventing contact with live terminals, causing burn injuries.  Source:

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