Sean Scovell.
Sean Scovell.

Date set for application to drop workplace death charges

AN ATTEMPT will be made to have some charges relating to the death of a young worker in a Moranbah Quarry accident dropped.

A hearing date has been set for an application to quash or stay charges laid after Sean Scovell was killed in a conveyor belt accident.

Two companies and five individuals are being prosecuted on a combined total of 24 charges for failing to discharge a health and safety obligation.

The 21-year-old died after he became entangled in a conveyor belt about 7.10pm on June 5, 2012, the Daily Mercury previously reported.

It was indicated in the Mackay Industrial Magistrates Court yesterday that a strike out or stay application would be made in respect to some of the charges.

The two companies involved are MCG Quarries, which operated Moranbah South Quarry, and machinery suppliers Global Crushers and Suppliers.

The matters were first heard in Moranbah in August last year.

This is the fourth mention.

The charges related to alleged breaches of section 31 of the Queensland Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999.

A Department of Mines spokesman said the charged related to alleged failures to comply with various obligations under the act, and each charge alleged those failures caused the death of Mr Scovell.

If found guilty, individuals could face fines up to $110,000 or two years imprisonment, while corporations face fined up to $550,000.

The court was told it would likely be a two-day hearing.

Legal representative for the defendants submitted it be heard in Brisbane, but Magistrate Ross Risson refused.

The application will be heard on September 4 and 5.

Mr Risson directed the application must be submitted by August 7, and responded to by August 21.

Charges

  •  Global Crushers as a company faces three counts of failing to discharge a workplace health and safety obligation.
  •  Global Crushers and Suppliers executives, James Andrew Kinroff and Stuart Mitchell Wieland, face three charges each.
  •  As a company MCG Quarries faces three charges.
  •  Three of its managers, Tony John Addinsall, Edward Coleman and William James McDonald, face six count, two counts and four counts respectively.

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