Charges laid over Curragh mine death
The independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor, Aaron Guilfoyle, has commenced prosecutions against the mine operator, contractor and a former site senior executive of the coal mine.
Mr Rabbitt, an employee of Curragh mine contractor Thiess, was killed during a tyre change activity in the main Curragh workshop on January 12 last year.
Mr Guilfoyle has charged mine operator Coronado Curragh with one offence under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999, alleging that it failed to discharge an obligation to ensure the risk to coal mine workers was at an acceptable level.
The maximum penalty for an offence against s.34 of the Act by a corporation is a fine of $2,001,750.
Thiess has also been charged with an offence under s.34 of the Act for allegedly failing to ensure that the safety and health of others was not adversely affected by the way it undertook work at the mine.
The site senior executive for Coronado Curragh at the time was also charged with failing to ensure the risk to persons from coal mining operations was at an acceptable level.
Mine owner Coronado Global Resources said today it was reviewing the charges, however it was not appropriate to comment further as the matter was now before the court.
“The safety of our people is our most important priority and we are committed to working hard every day to create an injury free workplace,” Coronado said in an official statement.
“We acknowledge the significant impact this incident has had on Donald’s family and loved ones and we again express our deepest sympathies to Donald’s family and co-workers.”
The matters are due to be raised in the Industrial Magistrates Court in Emerald on July 6.
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