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Coal Inspectorate | Bulletin | No.216 V 1 | 26 October 2023

Serious finger accidents at Queensland coal mines

What happened?

Resources Safety and Health Queensland is urging coal mines to be more hands on when it comes to preventing one of the mining industry's most common serious accidents. Since 2021, 55 serious accidents involving fingers have been reported at Queensland coal mines; of these 28 happened this year (2023). A quarter of the reported serious accidents involve considerable risk activities associated with lifting, slinging and towing. Additionally, approximately another 20 high potential incidents involving fingers have been reported.

Serious accidents involving fingers may not be life threatening, however, for those involved they may have a serious impact on their lives even following rehabilitation.

How did it happen?

Key issues


All Site Senior Executives should:

Every shift supervisor should:

Every CMW should:

Authorised by Jacques le Roux - Chief Inspector – Coal

Contact: Anthony Logan, Senior Inspector of Mines , +61 7 3199 8001

Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland

Safety: This information is issued to promote safety through experience. It is not to be taken as a statement of law and must not be construed to waive or modify any legal obligation.
Placement: Place this announcement on noticeboards and ensure all relevant people in your organisation receive a copy, understand the content, findings and recommendations as applicable to their operation. SSEs should validate that recommendations have been implemented.

All information on this page (Serious finger accidents at Queensland coal mines - is correct as of time of printing (Dec 3, 2023 8:12 pm).