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Worker traps leg between two steel beams

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The NSW Resources Regulator has reported an incident that occurred at an underground coal mine. According to the report, a worker sustained a broken tibia when his leg was trapped between two steel beams. The worker was helping position a beam that was being moved by a load haul dump truck (LHD). He placed his leg between a beam on the ground and the beam attached to the LHD, which slipped sideways crushing his leg.

The Regulator stated: “workers need to apply safe standing zones to ensure they remain outside of the line of fire. Workers need to remain situationally aware and not place themselves in a position of danger while undertaking tasks.”

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The NSW Resources Regulator has reported an incident that a worker received crush injuries to two fingers when the hand was caught in a pinch point while operating a roof bolting rig. The worker was wearing gloves when her fingers became caught between the feed carriage endplate and the carriage retainers. The gloves had to be cut to free the worker’s fingers. The worker sustained degloving of the end of her left ring finger and the tip of her little finger. A polyurethane flap had been fitted to prevent access to the pinch point, but this proved to be an inadequate risk control.

The Regulator said: “mine operators should ensure that training of persons involved in roof bolting includes the identification of pinch points and associated hazards. Adequate controls should be put in place to control the risks. Operators should ensure that the installation of ‘lobster’ attachments does not introduce new, unidentified pinch points without risk controls.”

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