Prosecutions following death of a quarry worker

A senior site executive and quarry worker from far North Queensland have pleaded guilty to breaches of the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 in the Mareeba Industrial Magistrates Court.

A senior site executive and a worker operating out of a quarry in far North Queensland have pleaded guilty to breaches of the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 in the Mareeba Industrial Magistrates Court.

The prosecutions followed the death of John Potter at the Wongabel quarry on 27 July 2006.

Potter was struck by a Caterpillar loader.

The worker pleaded guilty to failure to discharge his obligations under the Act and was fined $1 000 with no conviction recorded.

The site senior executive pleaded guilty to failure to discharge his obligations under the Act in that he did not ensure that risk was at an acceptable level and in that he failed to develop a safety and health management system for the quarry. He was fined $3 000 and ordered to pay $4 000 costs.

Roger Billingham

Chief Inspector of Mines

Queensland Government

Department Mines and Energy

07 3898 0375

info@dme.qld.gov.au

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