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Fire in Crusher House

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The NSW Resources Regulator has reported fire occurred in the crusher house in an open cut mine.

A control room operator saw fire through the closed-circuit television (CCTV) system in a crusher house. The operator entered the crusher house attempting to extinguish the fire. Shortly after, a loader operator noticed the control room operator leaving the crusher house, followed by the collapse of the crusher house. The control room operator suffered smoke inhalation.

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In response to the incident the Regulator said: “Mine operators must have adequate emergency procedures in place for workers to follow to ensure their safety. “

The regulator further added that “Workers should follow emergency procedures to ensure they do not put themselves at further risk from environmental hazards, such as smoke from fires.”

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