QR fined $650,000 for worker deaths


Queensland Rail to pay almost $800,000 after pleading guilty to breaching workplace health and safety obligations

November 30, 2009

Queensland Rail (QR) has been ordered to pay almost $800,000 after pleading guilty to breaching workplace health and safety obligations.

The Mackay Industrial Magistrates Court fined the rail operator $650,000 after trackworkers Jamie Adams and Gary Watkins were killed when struck by a track machine while working on a coal rail line at Mindi, south west of Mackay, in December 2007.

QR was also ordered to pay $130,000 in court costs.

Following the hearing, QR vowed to maintain its focus on "safety above all".

"We owe it to Jamie and Gary and their loved ones to keep learning from this tragedy so it can never happen again," QR Services Executive General Manager Lindsay Cooper says.

"Our commitment is crystal clear – safety outranks production every time."

Following the deaths, Cooper QR has introduced new rules covering fatigue, the separation of people and machinery and the mandatory use of trained "lookouts" at all work sites.


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