Huge 23kg rock crashes into loader, strikes operator

A worker has sustained chest injuries after a large rock, weighing nearly 23kg, smashed through the windscreen of a front end loader at a quarry near Stradforth in NSW.

The incident happened in July, when a rock fell 17m from a blasted quarry face, struck the loader bucket arm which was in the raised position, and ricocheted through the windscreen of the operator’s cab.

The worker was hit in the upper chest, sustaining minor lacerations.

A risk assessment and safe work method statement had been conducted prior to the incident, however a Department of Industry Resources Regulator report found these had failed to identify rocks falling onto the loader from height.

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