Company fined after work accident leaves man a quadriplegic

Broken Hill mining company Perilya has been fined $260,000 after an accident left a worker quadriplegic.

The Industrial Court of NSW ruled the miner pay $260,000 over the accident that happened in 2008.

Rod Flight, 50 at the time of the accident, was left quadriplegic after the front-end loader he was operating overturned, trapping him underneath.

Perilya pleaded guilty for failing to ensure the safety of its employee under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

The court found Perilya's failure to properly maintain the vehicle meant its braking capacity was reduced, and a warning light and alarm failed to sound, ABC reported.

The company also failed to ensure staff did the correct safety paperwork.

There have been a spate of historical safety issues at the mine.

In January 2007, Jason Symonds was fatally injured whilst operating a remotely controlled load haul dump machine. Symonds became entrapped between the loader and the wall of the drawpoint access drive.

Perilya plead guilty, and were convicted of breaching the OHSA. The company was fined $130,000.

Later that year, in November 2007, a service technician fell 2.5 metres onto a concrete floor, suffering serious injuries to his right leg, including a broken femur.

The company also plead guilty to this charge, and was fined $115,000.

Last year, a man severed his leg and suffered serious spinal injuries after falling down a mine shaft at the site.


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