NSW mine operator fined for health and safety breaches

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A NSW mine operator has been convicted and fined $30,000 for failing to report two dangerous roll-over incidents to the Department of Planning and Environment’s Resources Regulator.

The mine operator was also ordered to pay the Regulator’s legal costs, agreed between the parties to be $25,000.

The notifiable incidents involving an articulated truck occurred at a quarry near Kempsey on 10 January 2017.

The Regulator alleged the mine operator breached sections 15 and 17 of the WHS (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013 by failing to notify the Regulator about the incidents and failing to ensure the incident sites were not disturbed.

The Regulator’s Chief Compliance Officer Anthony Keon welcomed the judgment.

“The Court’s decision sends a strong message that the community expects mine operators to comply with their work health and safety obligations,”Mr. Keon said.

The NSW Local Court noted the mine operator had previously been issued with an official caution and improvement notice for failing to report a serious incident involving a truck collision in July 2015.

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