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Evolution Mining fined over worker injury

AAP logoAAP 20/10/2016

West Australian gold company Evolution Mining has been fined $95,000 over an incident in which a worker's legs were crushed by falling large rocks and he was lucky not to be killed.

Evolution had put Benedict Wydra, 27, in a dangerous situation in which he "could easily have been killed" by not securing the area above him or adequately conducting safety training, a Department of Mines and Petroleum had found.

Mr Wydra was working underground as a heavy duty fitter on a jumbo drill rig installing ground support at the Frogs Leg gold mine on March 20, 2013.

He was caught underneath a rock fall which caused multiple crush injuries to both of his lower legs, including serious fractures to his right leg.

The area directly above Mr Wydra was only partially supported and there was no indication of where full ground support finished, said department Mines Safety Director and State Mining Engineer Andrew Chaplyn.

"The department's investigation also identified that Mr Wydra was not adequately trained or given sufficient information to be able to identify whether or not it was safe to work in that section of the ore drive," Mr Chaplyn said.

"To the untrained eye, the ground appeared to be supported.

"Since the incident, the company has revised its policy and procedures for installing ground support and ensuring unsupported ground is clearly identified."

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