A LAKE Macquarie mining operator has been issued with a $180,000 fine for failing to comply with work, health and safety duties after an incident at Mannering Colliery left a worker seriously injured in 2016.
The NSW Resources Regulator has welcomed the conviction of LakeCoal Pty Ltd after an investigation found the company failed to meet Work Health and Safety Act requirements when a workplace incident left an employee with a "severe head laceration" requiring medical treatment.
The worker was driving a loader underground at the coal mine when a damaged support strap hanging from the roof struck his head. At the time, the mine was in a state of "care and maintenance". A court found the offence fell in the mid-range of objective seriousness, and imposed a fine of $180,000. It also ordered LakeCoal to pay the Regulator's legal costs.
The Resources Regulator's chief investigator, Steve Orr, said the court's decision sent a "strong message" that the community expected mine operators to comply with their work health and safety obligations."
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