Fine for vortex break head crushing in Kwinana

AN INCIDENT at Alcoa's Kwinana alumina refinery that left a boilermaker with caustic burns over his face and body when his head was pinned against a thickener tank for more than two hours by a 300kg vortex breaker, has cost contractor Amec Services $40,000 in the Rockingham Magistrates Court.

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The Kwinana refinery

Magistrate Leanne Atkins heard that on November 13 the boilermaker was removing a vortex breaker from inside the bottom cone of one of the refinery's thickening tanks.