Operator penalised for safety breach

A mine operator has pleaded guilty to safety breaches that caused an accident in south-east Queensland.

A mine operator has pleaded guilty to safety breaches that caused an accident in south-east Queensland in September 2007.

The prosecution followed an accident at the Riverton limestone mine on 26 September 2007, in which a worker was seriously injured when his forklift truck overturned on uneven ground.

Unimin Lime pleaded guilty to obligation breaches under the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health 1999 in the Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court on 20 May.

The operator was fined $17,500 and ordered to pay $13,018 in investigation costs in addition to $1,500 for professional costs.

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