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July 28, 2015

Gibson Mining fined $30,000 for work safety breaches

Mt Gibson Mining has been fined A$30,000 by the Western Australia Government for safety breaches relating to work at heights.

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Mt Gibson Mining has been fined A$30,000 by the Western Australia Government for safety breaches relating to work at heights.

On 27 July, the company was fined by Perth Magistrates Court.

In June, Gibson pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe working environment.

Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum state mining engineer Andrew Chaplyn said the charges were issued following an investigation by the department that revealed a lack of enforcement of suitable safety standards for employees working at height.

Chaplyn said: "Our investigation found the company had permitted work where a significant fall risk existed without proper safeguards in place.

"Our investigation found the company had permitted work where a significant fall risk existed without proper safeguards in place."

"The work required risk assessment, working at height permits, fall arrest equipment and supervision, but none of this was carried out by the company."

Magistrate Paul Alan Roth considered the remedial actions taken by the company and an early guilty plea while imposing the fine.

Chaplyn said that the latest decision alerts resources industry about the importance of ensuring that safe systems of work are in place in addition to implementing procedures while supervising workers properly.

Chaplyn added: "However, it is also important that companies continue to look for ways to climb the hierarchy of control towards engineering solutions, isolation and elimination of hazards, as personal protective equipment and procedures can only provide so much protection."


Image: Magistrate Paul Alan Roth took into account the remedial actions taken by Gibson in imposing the fine. Photo: © Government of Western Australia.

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