Mine operator fined $500K over worker’s serious injuries

A mine operator has been fined $ 500,000 following the prosecution by the Resources Regulator in relation to an incident in which a worker was seriously injured at a Broken Hill mine site in 2012.

A 51-year-old man fell 14 metres from an elevated loader bucket to the base of a vertical mine haulage, resulting in the amputation of his right leg at the hip.

The operator was convicted of a Category 2 offence for failing to comply with a health and safety duty under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

“This is another reminder for our industry that failures in work health and safety duties will have serious consequences,” said Mr. Keon.

“Mine operators have a duty to ensure the health and safety of workers. Where work health and safety duties are not met, the Resources Regulator will be there to hold offenders to account.”

“The NSW Government and community expect duty holders to comply with their duties at all times.”

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