Mining company to fund $1M for safety improvements following 2017 safety incident


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The NSW Resources Regulator has accepted a $1,090, 750 Enforceable Undertaking from Mt Arthur Coal Pty Limited from a mining company following a serious safety incident at its site near Muswellbrook in August 2017.

A worker suffered serious burns to his face, neck, torso, and arms due to a diesel fire that started when he was refueling a tyre handler at the mine’s heavy vehicle refueling facility.

“This is the highest value mining work health and safety undertaking accepted in NSW to date,” said Chief Investigator Steve Orr.” It will deliver significant engineering improvements at the mine, industry training and vital monetary support for the region’s Rural Fire Service.”

“The Regulator accepted the Enforceable Undertaking as it will deliver tangible benefits to the workforce and community that could not be achieved through prosecution action alone.”

Mr. Orr said lessons from the investigation have been shared widely with the mining industry using digital animations to show exactly how the incident happened as a prevention tool kit.

“These animations are the first of their kind to be developed by a work health and safety regulator anywhere in Australia and are aimed at helping the industry address safety issue,” he said.

A copy of the Enforceable Undertaking and reasons for decision can be found on the Resources Regulator’s website.

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