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Incident | Serious Thumb Injury

coal mine worker injury

An incident report has been released by Queensland Coal Mines Inspectorate in relation to a coal mine worker’s thumb being injured during driving of star pickets at a mine site.

A coal mine worker incurred serious injuries to his left thumb when a star picket driver slid off the top of the star picket as he was driving the picket in.

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The thumb was squashed between the driver and the top of the star picket resulting in fractures and a laceration that required remedial surgery.

Recommendations:

Coal Mine Workers

  • All tasks must be assessed for potential hazards / risks before being commenced.
  • This incident is pertinent to safety at home as well as work. A simple type of task that many of us perform at home with the same potential risk present.

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