Companies charged over worker accident


Charges have finally been brought against two companies for failing to ensure worker safety, following a mining accident that occurred in 2011.

The Department of Mines and Petroleum in Western Australia is bringing charges against mining service contracting companies Inline Engineering Services and The Pilbara Infrastructure Pty Ltd.

The accident occurred on 8 July, 2011 when a worker was participating in the removal of a gearbox from a train indexer, and had his legs crushed. As a result of the accident, a substantial amount of physical and mental distress was caused to the victim, a contractor.

Both firms are being charged under section 12 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act of Western Australia, in addition to section 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

It’s essential that other companies understand the risks facing staff on a daily basis, especially in the mining industry. Failing to ensure the safety of workers can often have substantial financial consequences.

Employee safety needs to become the primary consideration for businesses, especially those involved in the handling of dangerous materials or machinery. As workers in the mining industry understand, the risks are ever-present and require extreme caution.

Having the right equipment on site can go some ways toward reducing the risk of accidents, especially as it can take workers out of harm’s way on a daily basis. For example, specialist access platforms are able to elevate staff safely to where they’re required.

Over the next few years, mining companies and those involved in potentially dangerous industries should take all measures necessary to ensure the safety of workers. Often, the costs involved are minimal given the possible repercussions.