NSW: Hunter Quarries prosecuted over workplace fatality

Tuesday, 13 September, 2016 - 10:00
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The NSW Department of Industry’s Resources Regulator recently launched prosecution proceedings against Hunter Quarries for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 that resulted in the death of an employee at the Karuah Quarry.

On 9 September 2014, the employee was fatally injured while operating an excavator at the Karuah Quarry (50km north of Newcastle).

The excavator rolled over, landing on a large rock which breached the cabin, and the operator was fatally crushed in the incident.

The regulator will allege that the excavator was not equipped with a rollover protective structure (ROPS) and without such safety equipment, the excavator cabin offered little or no protection for the operator in a roll over situation.

The regulator will also allege that Hunter Quarries failed to provide a safe system of work for the operation of the excavator.

The regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings under section 32 of the Act for – failure to comply with a health and safety duty. The matter is set down for first mention in the District Court on 24 October 2016.