3rd December 2018

Newcrest Mining Ltd has been convicted and fined $450,000 following a prosecution by the Department of Planning and Environment’s Resources Regulator over the death of a worker at the underground Ridgway Mine at Cadia near Orange in 2015.

Newcrest was convicted of a Category 2 offence for failing to comply with a health and safety duty under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The fine was discounted 25% after the company entered an early guilty plea.

The Resources Regulator’s Chief Compliance Officer, Anthony Keon, welcomed the judgment in the NSW District Court.

“This conviction should remind our mining industry that any failure in work health and safety duties can have serious consequences. In this case it has resulted in the foreseeable and preventable death of a young worker, who expected to go home at the end of his shift,” Mr Keon said.

“Mine operators have a duty to ensure the health and safety of workers. Where work health and safety duties are not met, the Resources Regulator will be there to hold offenders to account.

“The NSW Government and the community expect mining companies to comply with their health and safety duties at all times.”

The conviction follows an investigation into the death of 28-year-old Lee Peters who was fatally injured when he was crushed in a pinch point between a water cannon and a mine wall at the Ridgeway Underground Mine.

The company was prosecuted under the work health and safety laws introduced by the NSW Government in January 2012.

The Regulator’s report into the incident can be found here: https://www.resourcesandgeoscience.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/701478/investigation-report-ridgeway-mine.pdf