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Mining companies accused of negligence in death of Moranbah mine worker Bradley Hardwick



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Authorized motion launched by the household of a Central Queensland mine employee killed on the job alleges points in equipment that led to the fatality had been recognized years earlier than the incident. 

Father of two Bradley Hardwick, 47,  died underground at the Moranbah North Mine in 2019 after he was struck by a grader when the braking system failed.

Paperwork lodged within the Supreme Courtroom in Mackay in February on behalf of Mr Hardwick’s widow and youngsters embrace a press release of declare that alleges there have been identified points round brake testing and a failure to undertake modifications to make sure security. 

A declare has been lodged in opposition to Mr Hardwick’s then-employer Anglo American, in addition to Diversified Mining Providers (DMS) and PPK Mining Gear. 

The declare outlines previous and future losses of greater than $6 million for Mr Hardwick’s spouse Lisa and the couple’s two youngsters, Isabella, 13, and Cooper, 11.

A family portrait of a mother, father, son and daughter in a field.
Bradley Hardwick along with his spouse Lisa and youngsters Cooper and Isabella. The household continues to be reeling after he was killed in a mining incident in 2019.(Equipped: Fb)

Legal professionals for the household allege there was a failure within the obligation of care and/or negligence by the events that led to Mr Hardwick’s loss of life.

They allege the defendants ought to have been conscious of the problems across the braking system within the grader and brought steps to make sure a protected work setting.

Tragedy underground

Mr Hardwick died when he was struck by the grader he had been driving throughout his shift on the Moranbah North mine.

He had labored for Anglo American for 17 years.

Investigations by the Mine Inspectorate thus far present Mr Hardwick was travelling up a steep highway in the direction of the floor of the mine when the grader got here to a halt and shut down. 

Mr Hardwick left the automobile and the service brake failed, and the park brake was not in a position to maintain the automobile on the incline. 

A number of different folks had been additionally injured when the grader hit a folks mover.

man speaks at lectern next to new miner memorial statue
A everlasting memorial stands in Moranbah as a tribute to miners who’re killed at work. Ms Hardwick says it was too tough to attend the annual service final 12 months.(ABC Tropical North: Holly Richardson)

‘Dwelling in survival mode’

Ms Hardwick mentioned the household was nonetheless attempting to regulate to life with out Brad.

“To my lover, the one I wished to develop previous with, I like you with each cell of my being and soul,” she mentioned in a submit on social media.

Final September, Ms Hardwick ought to have celebrated her 18th wedding ceremony anniversary along with her husband.

As a substitute all she may do was think about the adventures they might have shared collectively.

“I’ll proceed to carry an area to grieve your absence,” she posted on social media.

“The combo of feelings that we’ve got all felt since you have been gone is in depth.

“Unhappy, misplaced, confusion being so dominant.

‘A identified drawback’

The assertion of declare alleges that as early as 2011, Anglo had recognized that the park brake system of the grader couldn’t be examined independently of the service brakes. 

That meant any potential points with the park brake may have been masked.

The assertion of declare alleged a modification may have been made to permit for separate testing, which might have allowed for the identification of any faults earlier than a catastrophic failure.

Evaluation of the equipment carried out by engineering consulting agency Shakti Corp in 2011 and 2012 discovered the integrity of each brakes was within the lowest class.

Legal professionals for the Hardwick household allege the details about modifications being wanted was not handed on to the mine operators or the chief inspector of coal mines.

In addition they allege that earlier than February 2020, the park brake on the grader was worn down to some extent the place it may not maintain a grader stationary on an incline by itself.

Declare there was a sequence of failures

The assertion of declare lodged within the Supreme Courtroom alleges the positioning senior government, the mine operator, in addition to DMS and PPK, knew or ought to have identified in regards to the unacceptable degree of threat employees had been being uncovered to.

They allege that DMS and PPK failed to tell the coal mine operator and the chief inspector of coal mines in regards to the nature of the hazard and the importance of it.

They mentioned modifications and correct testing would have recognized points with the park brake previous to the incident and Mr Harwick wouldn’t have died.

Anglo American, DMS and PPK are but to file responses to the assertion of declare.

No date has been set for a listening to.

Moranbah North is similar mine the place a worker died last month after being struck by a load that was being moved underground.