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Dangerous incident – Operator Arm Trapped

Dangerous Incident Safety Incident Coal Mine

Summary: An operator on a continuous miner had his arm trapped between the rib protection and a rib bolter. A piece of rib 0.5 metre wide by 2.8 metre high slumped down under the bolting platform. The platform then pivoted, jamming his left forearm. Several other workers had to free his arm.

Recommendations to industry: Workers should constantly monitor strata conditions to identify areas that pose a risk. Mines should review how work platforms and walkways on machines are retained and secured to minimise the risk of platforms pivoting and injuring workers.

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