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Australia Hazelwood Power Corporation found guilty of putting workers and community at risk during 2014 mine fire

06:06  20 november  2019
06:06  20 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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WorkSafe Victoria charges Hazelwood Power Corporation with Occupational Health and Safety Act breaches over fire which covered town of Morwell in ash. In September 2014 , a report from the Hazelwood Mine Fire inquiry found the fire was entirely foreseeable, could have been put out more

The parent company of the Hazelwood Fire Corporation is GDF Suez. In September 2014 , a report from the Hazelwood Mine Fire inquiry found the fire was entirely foreseeable, could have been The Victorian Labor government reopened the inquiry into the fire after being elected in Novermber 2014

The court heard the reticulated water system in the mine walls had not been maintained.© ABC News: Patrick Rocca The court heard the reticulated water system in the mine walls had not been maintained. The operator of the Hazelwood Power Station has been found guilty of 10 of 12 charges of putting its workforce and nearby communities at risk in relation to the 2014 mine fire.

The fire started on February 9 when two nearby bushfires spread into the open-cut coal mine and burnt for 45 days, blanketing the region in thick smoke and coal dust.

A Supreme Court jury found the company did not adequately assess the risk of fire, did not have an adequate reticulated water system, failed to slash vegetation around the mine and did not take action early enough to wet down areas around the mine.

Jurors further found there were not enough workers at the site that day with the expertise to fight the fire.

After an eight-week trial, the jury found the company failed to undertake an adequate risk assessment for the possibility of a fire entering the mine.

The ABC can now reveal Hazelwood Power Station's operators were found guilty earlier this year of pollution offences resulting from the mine fire.

That trial was suppressed until the outcome of this second trial.

More to come.

Coal miner is killed in a horrific accident while working underground as operations are urgently suspended .
The worker was killed about 11.50pm on Monday at the Carborough Downs mine site at Coppabella in the Bowen Basin. Mine owner Fitzroy Australia Resources says the worker's family has been notified and all operations have been suspended until further notice.Queensland police have confirmed the worker was from Mackay. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The worker was killed at the Carborough Downs mine site (pictured) at Coppabella in the Bowen Basin Police and other authorities have launched investigations into the cause of death.

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