An investigation has no one is to blame in the death of a mining truck driver who died of dehydration in Western Australia’s northern Goldfields.
Anthony John Bradanovich’s death was investigated by WorkSafe WA, which found his employer, Toll Group, was not to blame, the West reports.
He died in January during a delivery of steel mesh to Newmont’s Jundee gold mine.
Before leaving for the journey, he reportedly refused to take a map, PerthNow reported.
While driving, Bradanovich missed the mine’s turn off, as well as a following turn off for the mine.
He drove nearly 70 kilometres before realising his mistake and attempted to turn around, bogging his vehicle.
Bradanovich then left his vehicle, taking neither a hat nor water, and walked eight hours in 44 degree heat.
His body was eventually found 48 kilometres from the truck, and was only 300 metres from a small water hole.
WorkSafe WA director Lex McCulloch said no charges would be laid.
"We have completed our investigation from a WorkSafe perspective into the tragedy and the decision’s been made that there haven’t been any breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations and we won’t be proceeding with any charges," McCulloch said.
"He had been given adequate directions by three different people to get to the mine site.
"There was a mud map on the dashboard of the truck which was an accurate mud map as to how to get to the mine site, he had adequate water, and the communications he had were adequate for the journey that he was on."
It is unknown why he did not unhook his trailers and attempt to drive back.