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28 October 2021
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Peak Gold Mines convicted and fined following death of mine worker

On 21 October 2021, the NSW District Court convicted and fined Peak Gold Mines Pty Ltd
$480,000 for a breach of section 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 following the
death of a mine worker near Cobar in western NSW. The Court also ordered Peak Gold to
pay the prosecutors costs.

The conviction follows the NSW Resources Regulator’s prosecution of Peak Gold in relation
to the death of Mark Brilley at Peak Gold Mine on 3 April 2017. Mr Brilley, who was 36 years
old, died as a result of exposure to elevated heat when operating an open cabin drill rig
about one kilometre below the surface of the mine.

Peak Gold pleaded guilty for failing in its duty under section 19 of the Act to ensure workers
at the mine, including Mr Brilley, were not exposed to a risk to their health and safety while
at work. Further details are available in the media release

Media release

Small Mines safety webinar 

We hosted a free webinar last Wednesday (20 October 2021) that was attended by more than 135 people.

The webinar provided the opportunity for us to maintain engagement with the small mines sector and deliver an update on current health and safety matters.

It included important information on the newly updated practising certificate application process. We also reflected on industry health and safety performance and focused on assisting small mine operators across the state to prepare for upcoming regulator engagements. The recording of the webinar will be posted on our website shortly for anyone who missed it.

A further webinar has been scheduled for 24 November as a follow-on to this event.  Click here to register for the 24 November webinar. We'll provide more information in upcoming editions of Mine Safety News.

Register here

Extension available to complete exams for certificates of competence

COVID-19 has impacted on a range of our activities, including our exams, so we are engaging with affected people to overcome the disruptions. We are open to receiving requests for extension from candidates whose three-year credit for passing written or oral exams finished before they had an opportunity to attempt them a final time.

Eligible candidates can apply for an extension to sit the exam at the next available date. To be considered for an extension, candidates will need to justify their request and explain how COVID-19 restrictions prevented them from sitting an exam within the three-year timeframe.

Submit your email request for an extension to Alternatively, the request can be submitted in a document attached to an application to re-sit the exam through the Resources Regulator portal.

If you require further guidance on your possible eligibility or submitting a request for an extension, please contact the Mining Competencies and Authorisations team on 02 4063 6461 or

Refer to the revised 2021-2022 financial year calendar for rescheduled exam dates. 

Access the portal

Key statistics on workplace safety 

Each year, Safe Work Australia produces national statistics, providing information on the state of work health and safety in Australia.

Safe Work's latest publication provides an overview of national work-related fatality data for 2020 and workers’ compensation claims data for 2019-20. Details are available on the Safe Work website

Safe Work - key statistics

National Safe Work month - focus on safety 

We are in week four of National Safe Work Month, with Safe Work Australia focusing on work health and safety hazards inside and out.

Safe Work has a wide range of resources and new data to help identify hazards and manage and control these risks. For more information, see Safe Work Australia’s National Safe Work Month website.

National Safe Work Month

Focus on occupational lung disease

Safe Work Australia is asking workers and employers to focus on lung safety if you work in an industry with a high risk of occupational lung disease.

Many industries are at high risk of occupational lung disease including mining, construction, manufacturing, agriculture and those who work with engineered stone.

It’s important to keep your workers healthy and safe by identifying any hazards and managing the risks that can cause occupational lung disease. For more information, see Safe Work Australia’s Clear Lungs website

Safe Work Australia - Clear Lungs
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