Coal mine makes safety pledge
Mangoola Coal Operations has made an enforceable undertaking following a workplace incident in NSW.
On 10 October 2016, The NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s Resources Regulator began proceedings against the company, after a worker was injured when the cabin of an excavator dislodged and tipped off the side of the excavator, with the operator still inside.
“As part of the undertaking, the company has committed to a range of initiatives with a financial commitment of at least $371, 210,” the regulator said in a statement.
“The undertaking will provide training of all Mangoola maintenance workers and staff in human organisational factors in maintenance.
“Resources developed during the undertaking will also be made available to the broader mining industry to share the lessons learnt and enhance industry safety.
“The undertaking will also fund community services and mobility for the elderly in the local community of Denman.
“Mangoola has also committed to pay the Regulator’s costs of $93,500 making the total value of the undertaking $464,710.
“After careful consideration, the undertaking was accepted as it provided for significantly better outcomes than prosecution alone would achieve.”
NSW Resources Regulator Chief Compliance Officer Anthony Keon said it should act as a warning.
“This case serves as a timely reminder to mining operators of their obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act,” Mr Keon said.
“The undertaking is considered significant and will provide tangible benefits to the mining industry and the community.”