Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Death of Wayne Ross

Delivered on 14 March 2014 at Perth.

Finding of Coroner King.


That, wherever possible, mine operators manage the hazard of open holes in mines by designing, constructing and locating physical hard barriers so as to prevent equipment from having access to the edge of such open holes, and that the barriers be used in conjunction with lower level access control systems such as signage, demarcation and lockable barriers controlled by persons in authority.


The deceased was a 45 year old man who died on 11 April 2010 from his injuries when the loader he was operating fell 25 metres down an unprotected stope at the Perseverance Nickel Mine, Leinster.

The inquest focused on how the incident occurred and what safety procedures could be implemented in mines to ensure so far as practicable that similar incidents do not happen again.

The Coroner found the deceased died on 11 April 2010 from multiple injuries. The manner of death was accident.

The Coroner made comments on public safety issues and recommendation was made.

Catch Words

Mining : manned loaders : open stopes : accident.

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