Mount Gibson fined for safety breaches

Mount Gibson mine has been fined $30,000 for safety breaches relating to work at heights.

The company pleaded guilty last month to failing to provide a safe working environment, and was sentenced in the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday 27 July.

Department of Mines and Petroleum state mining engineer Andrew 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.”

Magistrate Paul Alan Roth took into account remedial actions taken by Mount Gibson as well as the early guilty plea.

Chaplyn said the decision would send an important message to resource companies about not only ensuring safe systems of work are in place, but to also follow procedures and properly supervise workers.

“However, it is also important that companies continue to look for ways to climb the hierarchy of control towards engineering solutions, isolation and elimination of hazards, as personal protective equipment and procedures can only provide so much protection,” he said.

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