$100,000 fine for Mining Explosion

A Western Australian mining company has been fined $100,000 following an explosion in which a contractor suffered burns to half his body.

Dangerously high levels of oxygen were reported as the cause of the explosion at the mine, now known as Lanco Resources Collie mine. Electrical contractor Tony Eames was left in a critical condition following the incident and underwent a full skin graft, according to safetowork.com.au. Infrastructure and equipment at the carbonising plant was also affected by the blast.

Griffin Coal (who owned the mine at the time of the incident) and Carpenter Mine Management (the contractor) have both had charges laid against them.

The resources director for WA Department of Mines and Petroleum, Simon Ridge, said that his organisation’s primary concern is the health and safety of WA workers in the resources industry. Ridge adds that government and industry must work as a partnership to continue to improve safety standards for workers.

[Source] http://www.safetowork.com.au/news/contractor-fined-for-2008-explosion-at-coal-mine

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