A Queensland quarry manager has been sentenced to jail for 18 months over the death of a worker at a central Queensland quarry in 2012.
Managing Director William McDonald of MCG Quarries was sentenced to 18 months in prison with a six month non-parole period for multiple breaches of the Queensland Mining and Quarrying Safety & Health Act however he was granted bail at the end of the proceedings as he intends to appeal the court’s decision.
The court heard that the quarry crushing plant ‘was in production without proper assembly or regular equipment inspections.’ The issues of the case surrounded the improper and inadequate commissioning of the plant and the absence of adequate machine guarding. The defence for the quarry manager told the court that his clients had not known there was anything wrong with the conveyor belt’s design and that he was not aware that there needed to be a guarding audit.
Accordingly, the quarry manager’s defence sort to mitigate the severity of the penalty stating that the mining safety legislation breaches had resulted from a lack of diligence, not willful recklessness.
The manufacturer of the quarry plant also was prosecuted. Global Crushers and Spares was previously convicted in 2017 for failing to discharge their health and safety obligations for ‘not installing guard panels.’
The employer, MCG Quarries, now in liquidation, was also charged with three counts of breaching health and safety obligations, while another senior executive was also charged with multiple safety breaches and fined $35,000 with no conviction recorded…