A multinational mineral producer will examine how a coal employee became hurt on the job.
Authorities are trying to determine circumstances surrounding a female worker at South32’s Dendrobium Coal Mine, 10km west of downtown Wollongong.
“An investigation will be undertaken into the incident and the New South Wales Resources Regulator will be notified,” a company spokesperson said in a public statement.
“One of our team members was injured at Dendrobium mine … [and] our immediate focus is on providing them with our support, and ensuring they receive appropriate care. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our people.”
The remarks came after first responders freed the 32-year-old who reportedly became stuck while fitting an extension tube onto a 700 mm ventilation tube. She was hospitalised with a fractured clavicle, pelvis and femur.
“As she stood up in front of the auxiliary fan, the air being drawn through had sucked her into the pipe, pulling her … into the tube,” NSW Ambulance chief inspector Norm Rees said according to the broadcaster.
“We have treated and splinted accordingly and transported to Wollongong Hospital.”