Brian Rann missed out on getting a mine job because he parked in the wrong space during induction. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Brian Rann missed out on getting a mine job because he parked in the wrong space during induction. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

High cost to parking ‘mistake’

PARKING in a two-hour bay for too long - $45. Parking in a disabled bay - $227. Parking in someone else's bay at the final stage of a mine induction - $100,000-a-year-plus and a walk out the door.

Yeppoon Open Cut Examiner Brian Rann, who oversees the safety of everyone on a mine site, is fuming after he lost his new job for accidentally parking in the wrong bay at a Dawson Central Anglo American office site.

For the past 47 years, the 64-year-old has worked hard in the coal mining industry to earn a living to support his family.

But after a four-minute meeting with a Dawson Central mine manager on April 8, in which Mr Rann said he was humiliated and labelled illiterate, he's now living off his superannuation.

"I was to be interviewed (as part of the induction process) for the position of Open Cut Examiner with Thiess at Dawson South," Mr Rann said.

"The interview was arranged for 2.30pm but at 1.10pm I got a call to say I needed to be at Dawson Central by 1.30pm for the interview.

"I jumped in the car and arrived at 1.38pm and, because I was running late, I parked in what I thought was the visitors' car park in the first space available.

"I signed in and was escorted to the manager's office. He shook my hand and asked me if I wanted to be an OCE at Dawson and I told him that was the general idea.

"I was asked the meaning of an OCE and I told him what I believed it to be. Then he asked me if I drove Light Vehicle 141 and I told him I didn't.

"His reply to me was that seeing how I could not read a sign, Dawson didn't want me on site as an OCE."

Realising he had accidentally parked in the bay allocated to LV141, Mr Rann said he tried to apologise, but ended up being escorted from the office.

"I tried to apologise and explain that I was in a rush to get to the meeting and did not realise I had parked in the wrong car park," he said.

"The manager just walked over to his desk and started typing, then he put his hands up in the air and said 'that's all I have to say'.

"I tried to apologise again but was escorted out."

Mr Rann said the incident cost him his 84hr/fortnight, $100/hr contract with Thiess which, over a 12-month period, equates to about $100,000 pay plus superannuation.

"I felt bullied and belittled because he as good as called me illiterate," he said.

"I'd worked at Moura as an operator and OCE for 32 years before having a year off and then starting again with Thiess.

"Parking in the wrong bay has cost me my job. I admit that I did it but it was a genuine mistake.

"I'm not asking for charity. I just want the right to work. I started working at the Moura mines in 1966 for 55c/hr and all of a sudden I can't anymore because I parked in the wrong spot."

In a statement an Anglo American spokesperson said: "Site has received a letter from Mr Rann regarding the complaint and has reviewed the matter. The process has been assessed and we consider the matter finalised."



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