Fine for risky business

AN OPAL miner has been convicted and fined $70,000 in the District Court of New South Wales for failing to comply with a health and safety duty over the November 2016 incident that led to the death of a worker at a mineral claim in the Mulga Rush opal fields near Lightning Ridge.

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Headframe and material hoist system at the top of the shaft.

In the November 4 2016 incident Mark Siegel was fatally injured while he and another worker were using a powered material hoist and heavy steel bucket to transport mullock from the working face to the