Miner fined after worker injured

The contractor for the Woodie Woodie mine’s process plant has been fined after a worker was seriously injured.

Process Minerals International has been fined $90,000 for worker Meltion Garcia being injured on site, in 2012.

Garcia and another worker were unloading 20 metre long polyethylene pipes from a truck, rigging the pipes to a crane in the process.

Garcia was injured after he was struck by one of the one tonne pipes.

He was swept off the stack of pipes and fell approximately four metres.

WA Department of Mines and Petroleum director mines safety, Andrew Chapyln, said falls from height –such as these- are a major cause of fatalities on mines, despite being preventable.

“There was a genuine risk that workers could have been killed and it was only luck that the consequences were not much worse,” Chaplyn said.

“It is incidents such as this that provide a stark reminder for industry to take the risk of fall from height seriously.

“In this case, the workers were not provided with a safe system of work and were unnecessarily exposed to a serious hazard.”

Mount Gibson copped $30,000 in fines earlier this year for similar circumstances.

Chaplyn said charges were laid after an investigation revealed a lack of enforcement of suitable safety standards for employees working at height.

“Our investigation found the company had permitted work where a significant fall risk existed without proper safeguards in place,” Chaplyn said.

“The work required risk assessment, working at height permits, fall arrest equipment and supervision, but none of this was carried out by the company.”

The decision for the incident at Woodie Woodie comes after the site recorded the first fatality of 2015, when a contractor was crushed while carrying out maintenance on a dozer.

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