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Drilling rig accident in underground metals mine

stuck drill steel

The NSW Resources Regulator has reported a drilling rig accident that occurred in underground metals mine. The incident occurred when the operator was releasing stuck drill steel.

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Dangerous incident at underground mine

According to the Regulator’s report, an operator was using a scaling bar to attempt to free up a jammed drill rig carousel after a drill steel had become stuck. While pushing on the bar the operator lost his grip. The bar sprung back and hit him in the lower jaw causing a severe laceration.

To respond the drilling rig accident, the Regulator stated, “operators need to remain situationally aware and avoid trying to apply solutions to problems that have not been risk assessed. Force should not be applied to plant with tools that are not fit-for-purpose.

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AMSJ Nov 2021