Alcoa's Pinjarra Refinery, Western Australia.

Incident Type

Chemical spill resulting in burns to workers.

Penalty Imposed

Currently under investigation by Worksafe; no penalties have been reported yet. Alcoa was instructed to secure the facility until the morning following the incident.

Date of Incident

November 14, 2023

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A chemical spill at Alcoa’s Pinjarra refinery, one of the world’s largest alumina refineries in Western Australia, led to five workers needing medical attention, with two hospitalized due to burns.

Details of the Incident

The incident occurred on Tuesday at the refinery. Emergency services were summoned around 4 pm after the chemical spill resulted in injuries. Five people were affected, requiring immediate medical care.

Operational Context

Alcoa’s Pinjarra refinery, renowned for producing about 4.7 million metric tonnes of alumina annually, faced a significant safety incident. This event has prompted an investigation by Worksafe, the regulatory body for workplace safety in Western Australia.

Court’s Decision and Impact on Victims

There are no court decisions related to this incident as it is still under investigation. The immediate concern is for the health and safety of the workers, with two hospitalized for their injuries.

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