Hunter contractor fined for mine accident

A Newcastle contract company has been fined $55 000 after a miner’s leg was crushed by plant equipment.

The 52 year old contractor from UGM Engineering was injured at Xstrata’s Beltana No. 1 underground coal mine on 21 August, 2008, according to The Herald.

The victim and fellow miners were moving plant approximately nine metres long, 2.15 metres wide and weighing around 4.7 tonnes when the victim’s right leg was caught and crushed by the equipment.

Contractor UGM was fined $55 000 after it pleaded guilty to not ensuring the health and safety of the victim.

Justice Francis Marks said the incident was due to UGM not properly instructing their workers on how to couple the equipment together and not supervising its workers.

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