Worker’s leg fractured during strata support work in coal mine
We've issued an Investigation Information Release (IIR) into an incident on 18 July when a worker's leg was fractured at Appin East Mine.
The worker was one of three contract workers doing underground hand-bolting strata support work in the drift.
They were dropped at the work zone by a personnel car, which returned to the surface for maintenance. Later that day the personnel car travelled down the drift and the workers took evasive action to avoid being hit.
As the personnel car passed the workers it caught the bolting hoses and dragged a bolter down the drift, which hit the worker in the lower left leg, fracturing his fibula.
We've started an investigation to determine the cause and circumstances of the incident. The investigation will explore a number of issues including the management of simultaneous operations, taking plant out of service and reintroducing it to service, working around plant, as well as communication, instruction, training and supervision of the workers involved.
A report will be published when the investigation is concluded. The Investigation Information Release (IIR) is available on our website.