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Dangerous incident: coalburst

Summary: A coalburst was reported on a longwall between shields 92-107. About 50 tonnes of coal was ejected. The shearer was cutting from the maingate to the tailgate. The majority of the ejected material occurred where the shearer was positioned, over onto the shield pontoons.
One operator was injured and taken to hospital. The operator was given three stitches to the left hand.
Recommendations to industry: Mine operators should review:

  • if they have considered the potential change in risk when there is a change from normal production tasks
  • that their current trigger action response plans (TARPs) achieve a proactive result.

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