15/03/2021 - 14:04

Northern Star fined $150k over mine crash

15/03/2021 - 14:04

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Gold producer Northern Star Resources has been given a $150,000 fine over a vehicle collision at its Kalgoorlie mine in 2017.

Northern Star fined $150k over mine crash
The fine was issued over a vehicle collision at the company’s Millennium mine in Kalgoorlie in 2017. Photo: KCGM

The state’s mining safety watchdog has emphasised the importance of adequate training after gold producer Northern Star Resources was given a $150,000 fine over a vehicle collision at its Kalgoorlie mine.

Two workers sustained serious injuries at the company’s Millennium mine in 2017 when one of the workers lost control of a light truck while travelling downhill and steered into the mine wall.

It was later revealed that the truck had incorrect load capacity signage and was carrying a load 1.9 tonnes above the safe operating maximum, and that the driver had not completed the training necessary to operate the vehicle.

Last week, the Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court handed down a $150,000 fine over the incident.

Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety mines safety director Andrew Chaplyn said the incident demonstrated the importance of employers providing employees with adequate instruction, training and supervision.

“It’s up to mining operators to ensure workers have completed the required training and assessment for specific vehicles and sites,” he said.

“The incident also highlights the need for mining operators to conduct comprehensive risk assessments and ensure they have implemented the appropriate controls.

“Site procedures should include upskilling operators in calculating the safe working load limit if necessary.”

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