Investigations into female miner’s fatal accident ongoing

Early reports into a fatal accident that killed a female Hunter Valley miner have revealed some of the incident’s detail.

The accident occurred late last year at GlencoreXstrata’s Ravensworth coal mine.

The 38-year-old operator was crushed to death on site when the light vehicle she was driving collided with a dump truck,.

It is understood the operator, who was employed as a contractor by the Skilled Group, was a trainee and had only been onsite since February.

According to the CFMEU the truck was fully laden at the time of the incident, and weighed around 400 tonnes, when it collided with the Toyota Land Cruiser, wedging the vehicle underneath the axle of the truck.

It took rescuers more than four hours to remove the wreckage.

The dump truck driver was taken to Singleton Hospital suffering shock.

Now early reports from the Mine Safety Investigation Unit’s inquiries have revealed additional details, according to the ABC.

The unit said that dump truck driver had limited vision out of the right hand side of their vehicle – the direction the LV came from when it passed through the give-way sign.

In addition to this there was no direct lighting on the traffic intersection, with only ambient lighting from an adjacent workshop illuminating the area.

At the time CFMEU district president Peter Jordan told Australian Mining the incident happened around crib break time.

“The mining industry is a very dangerous injury but these incidents shouldn’t happen,” he said.

“It’s a very sad day for the coal sector.”

He went on to add that to the best of his knowledge this incident is the first time a female miner has been killed in the coal sector.

Investigations into the incident are still ongoing.


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