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Mine fatality report now available


By Safety Solutions Staff
Wednesday, 15 March, 2017


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A report into a fatality at the Ridgeway Mine near Cadia in 2015 has now been released.

The NSW Resources Regulator has published its findings and recommendations surrounding the death of Lee Peters, who was killed at the site.

Peters was fatally injured when he was crushed in a pinch point between a piece of mining plant called a Jacon Maxijet water cannon and a mine wall.

According to the report, the incident occurred about 1 km underground in an extraction drive (a roadway used to extract ore). The pinch point was created when fragmented rock flowed out of a blocked draw point and made contact with the front of the water cannon. This pushed the water cannon backwards, causing its left-hand rear corner to impact with the western sidewall of the extraction drive.

Peters was found trapped in the pinch point by another worker.

To read the full report, go to the NSW Resources Regulator website.

Image credit: ©iStockphoto.com/Bonnie Jacobs

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