Warren Lynam

Worker accused of smoking in coal mine and to face court

A MAN will appear in a Rockhampton court later this month after allegedly smoking in a Central Queensland coal mine.

The 24-year-old New Zealand man was working in the mine at North Goonyella coal mine near Moranbah.

He is due to appear in court on February 26 over the alleged smoking incident. The man has been charged by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

He may also be in breach of his contract as the mines have a strict zero tolerance on drinking and smoking while at work.

"A 24-year-old New Zealand-born mine worker will appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on February 26 on charges relating to allegations of a person smoking underground at the North Goonyella coal mine near Moranbah on April 27, last year," a spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources and Mines said yesterday.

The man faces prosecution on two counts brought by Queensland Government mines inspectors under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999. The maximum penalty for a breach of the Act is $50,000 or six months in prison.



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