A mining company has been convicted and fined $450,000 following the death of a worker at an underground mine in regional NSW more than three years ago.
The 28-year-old man died after reportedly being pinned between a water cannon and a mine wall at the underground mine at Cadia near Orange in September 2015.
The company was prosecuted by the Department of Planning and Environment’s Resources Regulator under the work health and safety laws introduced by the NSW Government in January 2012. The fine was discounted by 25% after the company entered an early guilty plea.
The Resources Regulator’s Chief Compliance Officer, Anthony Keon, welcomed the judgment.
“This conviction should remind our mining industry that any failure in work health and safety duties can have serious consequences. In this case, it has resulted in the foreseeable and preventable death of a young worker, who expected to go home at the end of his shift,” Mr. Keon said.
“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 the community expect mining companies to comply with their health and safety duties at all times.”