Report released following worker injury at Appin North Mine

Wednesday, 02 December, 2020

Report released following worker injury at Appin North Mine

The NSW Resources Regulator has released a report that outlines an incident in which a worker at Appin North Mine suffered permanent injuries to his foot after it became entangled in a scrape conveyor. The worker was washing coal fines and muck into a sump located at the lower end of the scraper conveyor while the conveyor was operating.

The worker was located on a steel enclosure on top of the scrap conveyor. Unbeknown to the worker, there was a gap in the steel enclosure covered only by mesh. The worker’s foot fell through the gap and both his foot and a small section of the mesh became entangled in the scraper conveyor. The worker pulled his foot out of the scraper conveyor, suffering serious and permanent injuries to his toes and foot.

The report describes the investigation conducted by the Resources Regulator into the cause and circumstances of the incident and provides the investigation findings and recommendations to industry.

Image credit: © del Barrio

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