Silver Lake Resources has been fined $58,000 over an incident in 2014 which saw one of its workers sustain several fractures at its Murchison Gold Operation. 

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety found that prior to the injury of boilermaker Jayden Robinson, workers had difficulty fitting the jaw crusher’s liners into position.

To hold the liner in what they thought was the correct position at the time, a timber wedge was used. Mr Robinson removed one of the wedges to position the next jaw liner. He was of the understanding it was placed safely despite not being bolted in, when the other liner fell on him.

DMIRS Mines Safety Director Andrew Chaplyn said the company was responsible for ensuring workers were not subject to the impacts of moving liners and also how the work is carried out.

“This could have been done by Silver Lake providing the workers with a means of making sure that the jaw liner did not move in an uncontrolled manner while they were working on it,” he said. 

“One example of what could have been used was combining a work platform with lifting cams or lifting lugs which had been designed, positioned and welded to the liners properly. 

“This was an incident that had the potential to be fatal."