Enforceable undertaking from coal mining companies accepted

NSW’s Department of Planning and Environment’s Resources Regulator accepted an enforceable undertaking from two coal mining companies following an investigation conducted into a workplace incident at the mine site in 2015.

The prosecution against the two companies started late last year following an incident at the mine on 26 November 2015, where a worker was seriously injured when he was hit by a pressure manifold that ejected during pipe pressure testing.

In response, the companies submitted a proposal for an enforceable undertaking. The two companies committed to a range of actions with a financial commitment of at least $ 502,744.

Part of this agreement is to develop a mental health training seminar for workers at the six coal mining operations in the western coalfields and to deliver a skills workshop to share the incident learnings with the mining industry. They will also fund rehabilitation equipment at the Mudgee Hospital and health facilities at Gulgong and Rylstone.

“This case serves as a timely reminder to mining operators of their obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act,” said NSW Resources Regulator Chief Compliance Officer Anthony Keon.

“The undertaking is considered significant, and will provide tangible benefits to the mining industry and the community.”

The companies are required to regularly report their compliance with the undertaking the reimburse the Regulator’s investigation, legal and compliance monitoring costs.

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