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Maules Creek Coal prosecuted over mining truck collision

Tuesday, 14 January, 2020 - 12:30
Incidents & prosecutions
New South Wales

The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Maules Creek Coal over a collision involving two trucks at the Maules Creek Mine near Narrabri on 21 April 2018.

Maules Creek Coal is a subsidiary of Whitehaven Coal, is the mine operator of the Maules Creek Mine which is an open cut coal mine that produces thermal and metallurgical coals.

In the incident, a Caterpillar 773 service truck and a fully-laden Hitachi EH5000 haul truck collided at a major four-way intersection on the mine haul road.

The service truck suffered substantial damage.

The operator, a labour-hire worker, aged 43, received serious injuries in the collision, and the injured worker was transported by helicopter to hospital where he underwent medical treatment.

The Hitachi haul truck is one of the largest rigid-frame trucks used in NSW mines with a payload of 296 tonnes and gross vehicle weight of 500 tonnes.

The Caterpillar service truck is used to transport diesel and refuel mobile and fixed plant in-pit. The service truck has a gross vehicle weight of 103 tonnes

Preliminary enquiries indicated that the intersection traffic control rules were changed one day prior to the incident.

The Regulator said Maules Creek Coal contravened Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, by failing to comply with a health and safety duty under Section 19 of the Act.

The alleged Category 2 offence has a maximum penalty of $1.5 million, and the matter is set for mention in the NSW District Court in Sydney on 10 February 2020.