Mine safety regulator prosecutes over Maules Creek Coal collision

January 8, 2020 Mining Editor

The NSW mine safety regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Maules Creek Coal Pty Ltd over a collision involving two trucks at the Maules Creek Mine near Narrabri in April 2018.

According to the Regulator reports, on the morning of the 21 April 2018, a service truck operator suffered serious injuries when the service truck he was driving collided with a haul truck at a four-way intersection at the Maules Creek Mine. The operator of the haul truck was not physically injured.

The collision resulted in significant damage to the service truck.

The incident reportedly resulted from changes to traffic management on the site on the day prior to the incident.


The Mine safety regulator alleges Maules Creek Coal Pty Ltd contravened Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, by failing to comply with a health and safety duty under Section 19 of the Act.

The alleged Category 2 offence has a maximum penalty of $1.5 million.

The prosecution matter is set for mention in the NSW District Court in Sydney on 10 February 2020.

The Regulator’s investigation report can be found here  

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