DPI UPDATE (Issue 22)

By on July 14, 2005

John Mitas, DPI Manager Minerals and Extractive Operations


At approximately 10.45 AM on Friday 15th July, a maintenance contractor was fatally injured when the fixed jaw liner of a primary crusher fell on him at the Barro Group, Donnybrook quarry.

Initial investigations indicate that he was in the crusher trying to leverage a jammed fixed jaw liner while applying hydraulic pressure at the same time. The liner was not supported and dropped off the mounts, fatally injuring the maintenance contractor.

The police and the coroner attended the scene. Our inspectors are currently investigating the incident with the assistance of the Victorian WorkCover inspectors and the police.


The Victorian First Response Officers for incidents and emergencies at Victorian Mines and Quarries are as follows:

  • Graeme McLaughlin – South West District Manager
  • Ian McLeod – Melbourne District Manager
  • Greg Sleziak – Gippsland District Manager
  • Michael Mathews – North East District Manager
  • Colin Thornton – North West District Manager

In the event that the District Manager is not available contact should be made with Manager Minerals & Extractive Operations, John Mitas on (03) 9658 4422 or Mob 0418 506 172


In the last year, there were eleven incidents involving mobile plant in mines and quarries. All the incidents had the potential to cause serious injury or a fatality.

Recently, DPI inspectors have been conducting unannounced visits to quarries across the state regardless of size to assess the safety of mobile equipment used on site.

The inspectors will be reviewing critical controls that you have in place to ensure all on the worksite are safe.

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