SERIOUS INJURY REPORT
Summary: An operator was in a man basket recovering ventilation tubes. As the operator was breaking the tubes for a new auxiliary fan location the operator removed the chain and pulled the tubes apart with the handle. The tubes suddenly released jamming the operator’s right ring finger between the ventilation tube and the man basket resulting in a laceration to the operator’s finger.
Recommendations to industry: Mine operators should review what controls are in place for manual handling tasks that are carried out regularly.