An operator buried the boom of an excavator while clearing material from a highwall. The incident has highlighted the need for effective ground control plans despite the working conditions.
The NSW Resource Regulator said that an excavator was cleaning over blast that was against a 10-metre highwall. While the bucket was low into the material, further material fell onto the bucket. The machine was caught by the material on the bucket. There were no injuries.
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Reference: Dangerous incident | IncNot 0033910
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