Contractor fined for negligence

Central Queensland contracting company CQE Hire was fined a total of $44,000 in the Mackay Magistrates Court in relation to an incident at Broadmeadow coal mine in February 2006.

CENTRAL Queensland contracting company CQE Hire was fined a total of $44,000 in the Mackay Magistrates Court this month in relation to an incident at Broadmeadow coal mine in February 2006.

The Moranbah based contractor and mechanic Terence John Atkins both pleaded guilty to breaches of the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999.

Atkins was fined $4,400 and ordered to pay court costs of $66.50.

CQE Hire was also ordered to pay $66.50 in court costs and another $18,000 in investigation costs.

The case was brought before the Magistrate after an investigation by the Department of Mines and Energy Mines Inspectorate into BMA Coal Operations revealed a coal miner had been injured due to poor vehicle maintenance.

A coal miner received burns to 65 % of his body when the water truck he was driving ran down a surface access ramp, overturned and burst into flames.

As part of this incident, BMA pleaded guilty in December 2007 to failing in its duty of care under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act and was fined $35,000 plus investigation costs of $9,000.

The penalties were the highest court ordered penalty made to date under the state’s Coal Mining Safety and Health Act.

Penalties imposed on all parties totalled $83,400 while total investigation costs were $27,000.

Queensland Government

Department of Mines and Energy

info@dme.qld.gov.au

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