Coal Inspectorate | Alert | No.403 V 1 | 23 November 2021
On Sunday 21 November 2021, at the Curragh Mine, a worker suffered fatal injuries in an incident that occurred when he was performing cable relocation work on the dragline within the operational swing boundaries of the dragline.
The worker was a dragline operator undertaking cable relocation work on the ground within the operational swing boundaries of the rotating dragline. Preliminary investigations suggest that the worker undertook work using the cable tractor whilst the dragline was stationary, but that the worker either re-entered or remained in the operational swing boundary when the dragline became operational. The worker was struck by the dragline propel shoe, resulting in him sustaining fatal injuries.
This incident is still under investigation but is a timely reminder that mine personnel should ensure effective controls are in place to manage risks relating to moving equipment such as draglines.
This may include:
Investigations are ongoing and further information may be published as it becomes available. The information in this publication is what is known at the time of writing.
We issue Safety Notices to draw attention to the occurrence of a serious incident, raise awareness of risks, and prompt assessment of your existing controls.
Contact: Neville Atkinson, Senior Inspector of Mines (Electrical) , 0417 646 123 QldMinesInspectorate@rshq.qld.gov.au
Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland
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