Date of Outcome: 24/05/2018
Deepcore Australia Pty Ltd is an earth drilling company, providing surface and underground drilling services for the hard rock and coal mining industries. On 15 May 2016 the offender was operating a drill rig at the Fosterville Gold Mine, when there was a problem with the drilling. Hours were spent removing and re-inserting casings to fix the problem, until eventually it was decided to modify and insert a casing. To insert the modified casing two workers were required to hold it by hand. A third worker then activated a foot clamp, yelling ‘fingers’ as he did so. A 30kg rod then fell approximately 1 metre, landing on top of the modified casing. There was a risk of serious injury by crushing, entrapment, or amputation to persons required to hold the modified casing. When the rod landed a worker had his thumb over the top lip of the casing and his entire right thumb was amputated. The matter resolved by way of an Enforceable Undertaking and the charges were withdrawn at the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on 24 May 2018.
Court: Bendigo Magistrates’ Court
Coram: HH Magistrate Leighfield
Category: Crush injuries; Failure to provide a safe system of work