Mining company’s failure to install guard on machinery results in injury
WorkSafe Victoria v Morning Star Gold N.L (2023)
Morning Star Gold N.L. (the company) operates a small-scale vertical shaft mine. On 6 November 2020, an employee operated a double-drum scraper to scrape out a heading in the mine that had been blasted during a previous shift.
The scraper was an older model not fitted with guarding, which exposed the wire rope and drum. This posed a risk of serious injury to employees due to possible entanglement. One of the wire ropes could over-spool, form a loop and catch objects.
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