31st January 2019

The Resources Regulator has issued a stop work order to halt mining at the Thuddungra Mine near Young, in southern New South Wales.

The order was issued under the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013 as a result of the identification of a range of serious safety issues at the mine.

The regulator believes the order is necessary to prevent a serious risk to the health or safety of workers at the mine related to the operation of plant and vehicles and potential exposure to naturally occurring asbestos.

Inspectors from the Resources Regulator attended the mine last week and issued directions to prohibit, among other things, the operation of plant and vehicles considered unsafe.

The inspectors have also required the mine operator to address a significant number of other issues through an improvement notice.