8th April 2019

The NSW Resources Regulator has begun prosecution proceedings in the District Court against Peak Gold Mines Pty Ltd over a work-place death at a mine near Cobar in April 2017.

The Regulator will allege Mr Mark Brilley, a contract worker, died at the Peak Gold Mine after working in hot and inadequately ventilated conditions about 900 metres underground at the mine’s workings.

Mr Brilley was an employee of Jemrok Pty Ltd, a mining services contractor engaged by Peak Gold Mines to undertake underground development works.

The Resources Regulator will allege Peak Gold Mines contravened section 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, by failing to comply with a health and safety duty imposed by section 19 of that Act. The alleged Category 2 offence has a maximum penalty of $1,500,000.

The matter is set down for first mention in the NSW District Court on 20 May.

The Resources Regulator’s investigation release into the incident can be found at https://www.resourcesregulator.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/714419/IIR1704-fatal-incident-peak-gold-mine.pdf.

As the matter is now before the Court, further details will not be released.