A mine operator, a site senior executive and an equipment supplier have recently pleaded guilty to breaches of obligations under the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 in the Mareeba Industrial Magistrates Court, according to a statement from Queensland Chief Inspector of Mines Roger Billingham.
The prosecutions followed the death of Noel Lovell on 27 October 2006 at an exploration site in Far North Queensland.
According to the Billingham, Lovell died when crushed by a front end loader which toppled over on a rough track.
The mining tenure holder, North Queensland Tungsten (the operator of the mine), was fined $10,000 plus $2,000 investigation costs and $500 legal costs. A site senior executive and the supplier of the hired front end loader were also fined.