Firms fined after worker suffered broken jaw at Cloudbreak mine


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Two companies have been fined a total of $176,000 following an incident that broke a worker’s jaw at the Cloudbreak iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The man was conducting maintenance work on the mine’s conveyor belt system when he was struck in the face by a hook attached to a hand operated hoist in September 2014.

The man suffered a broken jaw, requiring the surgical insertion of a neurostimulator to suppress chronic pain, as a result of the incident.

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Director Mines Safety Andrew Chaplyn said the hazards associated with conducting the maintenance work should have been addressed.

“Mr. Bromley and a co-worker were tasked with replacing one of the return rollers on the conveyor system,” Mr. Chaplyn said.

“This task had work instructions that directed workers to use a particular Conveyor Belt Lifter to change return rollers on the conveyor system, however, Mr. Bromley was not aware of the work instructions and neither worker had received any training on the work instructions.”

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