Two gas company supervisors have been prosecuted for breaches of the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (P&G Act) over separate incidents in which workers were injured at gas field operations in southern Queensland.
In the first case, a safety supervisor for a drilling contractor was fined and ordered to pay costs after being found guilty at trial in the Magistrate’s Court. The charge related to incidents at Woleebee Creek near Wandoan on 26 April 2012, where a worker was injured while unloading well casings at a gas drilling site.
In the second case, a supervisor was fined and ordered to pay costs after being found guilty in the Magistrate’s Court for breaching s.702 of the P&G Act. A worker was seriously injured at Scotia gas field near Wandoan on 16 March 2011. While he was dismantling a regulator on a mobile CSG separator, it exploded causing parts and debris to strike him in the face.
As no conviction was recorded in either case, the defendants cannot be named due to section 12(3) of the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992.