Glencore's Mount Isa Mines and Chelden Pty adjourned in Mount Isa Magistrates Court for health and safety breaches

Mount Isa Mines pictured from Railway Avenue. Photo: Chris Burns.
Mount Isa Mines pictured from Railway Avenue. Photo: Chris Burns.

MOUNT Isa Mines’ legal representatives asked for a two month adjournment in the magistrates court regarding health and safety breaches connected to the death of a cleaning subcontractor. 

Despite seeking two months the mining company will remain in the court system until the new year. 

The Brisbane based Gilshenan & Luton Legal Practice submitted a letter requesting the adjournment on Tuesday, October 18, the day before Mount Isa Mines’ and contractor Chelden Pty’s court mention. 

The letter did not explain why an adjournment was needed, but said; “all legal representatives are agreeable for a further adjournment at the court’s convenience in two months.” 

Magistrate Stephen Guttridge adjourned the matter until Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

Charges relate to the death of subcontractor Jordan Richard Taurima, who was 29 when he died at the mine’s copper smelter on March 6, 2013. 

A Department of Natural Resources and Mines statement published in June, 2014, alleged at the time that Mr Taurima died from a dislodged sump pipe. 

Mount Isa Mines is charged with three counts of failing to discharge a health and safety obligation. 

Chelden faces two counts of the same charges. 

These matters were first heard in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.