Underground mining accident

Two miners were injured at North Goonyella over the weekend following a shuttle car accident.

Two miners were injured at North Goonyella over the weekend following a shuttle car accident.

The incident saw a 38 year old fitter/mechanic pinned between the car and the mine wall, fracturing his pelvis.

The 26 year old driver of the shuttle car also had his left hand crushed in the accident.

Peabody confirmed the North Goonyella shuttle care incident.

This latest shuttle car accident comes just over three years after the accidental death of miner Jason Blee at Moranbah North, when he was pinned by a shuttle car against the rib of continuous miner.

Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) safety and health representative Greg Dalliston told the Daily Mercury that at least seven miners have been pinned by shuttle cars in the Bowen Basin over the last four years alone.

The most recent incident saw a 51 year old miner pinned at Anglo Coal’s Bundoora mine in November last year.

The previous year also saw the coronial inquest into Jason Blee’s death hand down 18 recommendations on operations in underground mines.

CFMEU spokesman Steve Smyth has called for an investigation into the shuttle car incident at North Goonyella to determine whether Peabody applied the coroner’s recommendations.

“They need to be ensuring that the guys that are in and around the pit have the best available equipment and training so that if something unfortunate like this happens, they’ve got the ability to recover the situation,” Smyth said.

Both miners at North Goonyella were evacuated to hospital for treatment.

Peabody has stated that the company “will continue to provide assistance to the injured men and their families as they embark on their recovery.”

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