Dangerous Incident – Coal Burst During Longwall Mining

Summary: A coal burst occurred during longwall mining.  Ejected coal was found in the walkway of the longwall.  Face pressure was lost.

Recommendations to industry: The Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 has been updated to include coal burst at a mine as a dangerous incident.
Coal burst should be included in the mine’s principal hazard management plan for strata for both longwall and development or considered as a stand-alone principal hazard management plan.

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