A miner has been rescued after spending more than two hours trapped inside a chute at the Drayton coal mine
The 25 year old was trapped at Anglo American's Muswellbrook mine after falling in and fracturing his ankle, according to the Newcastle Herald.
Emergency services attended the scene and soon freed the man, after which he was taken to hospital.
The mine has recently seen a number of petitions from workers as approvals for operator Anglo American's nearby Drayton South mine slow.
It came after state planning minister Brad Hazzard announced the replacement mine’s project assessment would be suspended.
Currently the original Drayton mine employs 500 people; the company said the decision to extend the process has created heightened uncertainty amongst workers.
In particular employees are nervous about future employment prospects, the company said.
Drayton mine has been in operation for 30 years, and the new proposal would offer at least another 27 years of employment, Drayton mine General Manager Clarence Robertson said.