Company sentenced over plant explosion

A SouthWest mine management company was fined $100,000, after a worker was injured during a 2008 explosion at a trial coal drying and char plant.

An Electrical contractor, 61 years old, suffered severe burns to the upper part of his body and head at a trial char plant near Collie, which was being operated by  the mine management company. In addition to seriously injuring a worker, the explosion damaged various infrastructure and equipment within the plant.

The company pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment, following a thorough investigation and prosecution led by the DMP. The court concluded the mine management company was aware of the risk of fire and explosion and that a fire and explosion was entirely foreseeable.


Sourced from: Department of Mines and Petroleum, http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/7105_18586.aspx

Dated: 21/08/2013