18th September 2019

Inspectors from the Resources Regulator have issued a notice prohibiting the use of all vehicles at the Maules Creek Open Cut Coal Mine in the Gunnedah Basin.

The notice was issued during an investigation and inspection on 16 September into the circumstances of an incident where an unoccupied light vehicle was reversed over by a Dozer.

During the inspection, alleged repeated breaches of mine procedures relating to the safe operation of light vehicles were identified by inspectors. The inspectors considered the nature and prevalence of these breaches constituted a serious risk to the health and safety of workers and consequently a notice under section 195 of the Work Health Safety Act was served on the mine operator.

The prohibition notice will remain in place until the mine has undertaken re-training of all workers and supervisors. It is envisaged that as workers on each shift are retrained, operations will recommence progressively.

As the investigation is ongoing no further information will be made available at this time.