Court highlights importance of risk assessment after mining fatality

A miner was crushed to death by a scissor lift at Nelson Pt rail workshop on the 29th of July 2008. In February this year his employer, a mining company, was found guilty and fined $130,000 plus required to pay $300,000 in legal costs, at the Perth Magistrate’s Court,  over failing to provide a safe work environment.

It was established the cause of death was the lack of provision of instruction, supervision, implementation and enforcement of an appropriate job hazard assessment (JHA).

Issue date: Tuesday 19th March 2013

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Retrieved from: Department of Mines and Petroleum, http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/7105_17176.aspx , dated 23/03/2013