20th December 2017

The NSW Court of Criminal Appeal today handed down a decision in which it dismissed an appeal by Hunter Quarries Pty Ltd and one of its directors in relation to a number of matters, including convictions recorded against them following the death of a worker at the Karuah Quarry in 2005.

The worker was fatally injured when a truck rolled down an embankment at the Karuah Quarry, 50 kilometres north of Newcastle.

The appeal arose out of prosecution proceedings taken by the Regulator, which were commenced in the Industrial Court of NSW in 2007, against Hunter Quarries and three of its directors for offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 (NSW).

In October 2009, Hunter Quarries was convicted and fined $214,000, while one of the company directors was convicted and fined $21,450.

The NSW Court of Criminal Appeal dismissed all grounds of appeal lodged by Hunter Quarries and the company director.