News

Safety systems improved after fatal mining accident

A CORONER found lessons had been learnt from the death of Michael Earle Auld, from Tin Can Bay, who was killed in a mining accident in North Queensland.

Mr Auld was working 375 metres underground at the BHP Billiton Cannington Mine when he was crushed between a LandCruiser and a working platform attached to a loader on January 17, 2008.

He died from multiple crush injuries to his chest and abdomen.

Mr Auld, who was working as part of a three-man crew, was standing at the rear of a Toyota utility with his back to an approaching loader operated by another crew member.

The plan was to transfer tools and other equipment into the basket on the loader.

A third crew member was directing the loader operator forward.

However, on signalling to stop, the loader continued and crushed Mr Auld between the loader basket and the tray of the utility.

Coroner Kevin Priestly found that while the mine operator had in place safe working procedures that addressed the potential for injury to pedestrians, those procedures did not descend to the level of detail to address persons working with, and in close proximity to, mobile equipment.

"While both organisations had reasonably effective safety management systems, they identified opportunities for improvement at a procedural and organisational level," Mr Priestly said.

"More detailed safe working procedures were developed and implemented imposing a 10 metre exclusion zone with specific safety precautions for those working within that zone.

"Furthermore, both organisations have implemented programs aimed at improving and maintaining safety awareness.

"I am satisfied that all lessons to be learnt were fully explored and all opportunities for improvement were fully identified and implemented."

Topics:  fatal accident workplace accident


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Reef awareness one step closer

SUPPORT: Spirit and Soul foundation member Dave Freeman and Abell Point Marina general manager Luke McCaul.

Abell Point Marina back Spirit and Soul Foundation.

New VMR signs show safety first

SIGNED UP: Bob Beale, Kevin Thiele, Bob Bristow, Colin Metcalfe, Alan Corney, Roger Wodson, Ray Lewis and Norbert Gross at Whisper Bay with one of the newly erected signs.

VMR Whitsunday get new signs.

Local Partners

Decorating the spirit of deserving local families

The community is invited to donate Christmas tree decorations to the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

'I need to do what I can': 65km walk for cancer patient

Karlee Robinson is walking from Caloundra to Noosa for her cousin Aaron Parker, who has terminal brain cancer.

What do you do when someone you love has terminal brain cancer?

Jennifer Lawrence gives keys to new partner

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winner settling down with new partner

Rogue One star proud to lead new Star Wars film

Felicity Jones leads the new Star Wars film

Star Wars lead proud to be in front in sci-fi

What's on the small screen this week

Ernie Dingo stars in the TV series Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

ERNIE Dingo stars in a new travel series and Seven airs the AACTAs.

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

INSIDE STORY: Disused pipeline stops hundreds from building

TRAIL OF TEARS: Route of the disused Santos oil pipeline which is stopping hundreds of Ipswich residents from building.

THE State must act if Santos won't says Cr Paul Tully.

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!