Coal miner injured at Grasstree

 An underground coal miner was airlifted to hospital after injuring himself this morning.

The 56 year old reportedly caught his arm in a ventilation door at Anglo American’s Grasstree coal mine, according to the Courier Mail.

He was initially treated by staff at the scene.

It is believed he has suffered a fracture to his arm.

This is not the first serious incident at the mine.

Early last year three miners were forced to climb onto machinery in the mine to avoid being swept away after water inundated part of the Grasstree mine.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said that an on-site storage dam broke its banks, allowing 36 mega litres of water to gush into the mine near Middlemount in January 2011.

It described the incident as a near fatal disaster and said they have some serious worries about Anglo’s safety record.

“We are watching all Anglo’s mines’, particularly Grasstree, operational safety procedures and policies,” the CFMEU’s health and safety rep Chris Gilbert stated.


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