Gas company fined over radiation breach

Christine Flatley

An oil and gas company has been fined $162,500 after a worker at a Queensland drilling site was burned when exposed to unsafe levels of radiation.

Schlumberger Oilfield Australia Pty Ltd was convicted in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this month of two breaches of the Radiation Safety Act over the incident near Dalby in early 2014.

Queensland Health's chief health officer, Dr Jeannette Young, said the worker received leg burns when he was exposed to an unshielded radioactive source during a borehole logging operation.