Cudal Lime faces legal action after nearby resident’s death

The NSW Department of Industry’s Resources Regulator will begin prosecution proceedings against Cudal Lime Products and two of its employees following the death of a local resident.

The resident died in August 2014 after allegedly receiving a fatal electric shock while in the shower of a home near the company’s limestone quarry, approximately 35km west of Orange, NSW.

The home’s electricity supply was connected to the quarry’s electrical infrastructure.

The incident breached the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, with the Regulator alleging it was caused by non-compliant electrical work combined with the lack of critical electrical safety devices, and a damaged electrical plant and equipment.

The Regulator has commenced Category 1 – Reckless Conduct proceedings.

Category 1 offences are the most serious under the Work Health and Safety Act, with a maximum penalty of $3 million for a company, and $600,000 for an individual or up to five years in prison.

These are the first Category 1 proceedings to be brought in NSW since they were introduced four years ago.

The issue will have first mention in the District Court on October 17, and Downing Centre Local Court on October 24.