The State-Owned coalminer has been convicted of breaching Health & Safety standards following one of its miners being crushed by a large fall of coal.

The Court held that Solid Energy had failed to adhere to its own safety standards which resulted in the accident.  The employee was left with permanent arm and spinal injuries which prevent him working.

The court imposed a fine of $71,000 plus the reparation of $46,000 after taking into account the guilty pleas, remorse, and post-accident efforts to improve its systems.

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