Worker crushed by continuous miner

THE Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has issued a safety alert after a mine worker was crushed by a continuous miner in NSW.

THE Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has issued a safety alert after a mine worker was crushed by a continuous miner in NSW.

The remote-controlled continuous miner (CM) was being moved out of a heading when it slewed unexpectedly and trapped a worker between the rib and the head of the machine.

According to the DPI, the operator was training a new employee who tripped over an object and fell to the floor while keeping one hand on the CM remote control.

The machine unintentionally slewed towards the trainer, which caused him to become trapped between the rib and the head of the CM.

The worker was critically injured and is now recovering from life-threatening injuries.

A detailed investigation is currently underway, with specific recommendations to be released when it is finalised.

In the meantime, the DPIis prompting mines using remote-controlled equipment to review risk assessments to ensure all hazards are identified.

Management should also consider using barrier systems and re-consider training procedures for employees.

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