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.