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$65,000 fine after man crushed at goldmine

AAP logoAAP 29/12/2016

A company has been fined $65,000 in a Perth court after a worker was crushed at a goldmine site and required hospitalisation for almost three months.

DKMSPP, formerly operating as TME, was contracted to reline ball mills used to process ore at Newmont's Boddington goldmine when the incident happened in July 2012.

Francois Mostert was preparing to remove two unsecured liner plates from inside a ball mill when the top liner plate fell on him.

Mr Mostert was trapped under the 1450kg liner plate and suffered extensive injuries, including compound leg fractures, fractured vertebra and crush injuries to his chest.

The company was fined in Perth Magistrates Court and Andrew Chaplyn, from the Department of Mines and Petroleum, said the incident could have been fatal.

"While a number of safe work procedures had been developed for work tasks related to relining the mill, none of them addressed the removal of stuck liner plates," he said.

"The unsecured liners had been identified as a hazard, but they were not included in any job safety analysis, and there were no barriers keeping the work crew out of the line of fire if one of the unsecured liners fell."

Mr Chaplyn said the department's investigation found inadequate training and procedures contributed to the incident.

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