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Coal Inspectorate | Alert | No.440 V 1 | 17 November 2023

Fluid injected into CMW's skin

What happened?

Fluid injections are incredibly serious and can lead to the loss of limbs. It's important that all workers at Queensland coal mines follow the recommendations below to avoid serious injuries occurring on site. Fluid injection occurs when a substance (i.e. fluid which may be air, water, oil, solvent, paint, etc) punctures the skin and enters the body tissue.

In the past week, two fluid-system incident reports were received by the Mines Inspectorate.

Incident 1

On 8 November, a CMW was injected with fluid while re-hosing a powered roof support. The hydraulic system had been isolated and confirmed. The injured CMW received a fluid injection injury to the wrist when they attempted to replace a hose which proved to be charged with system pressure. The injured CMW was transported to Brisbane and had surgery to treat the injury. Investigations are continuing.

Incident 2

A CMW identified an emulsion leak on a powered roof support. Attempting to find the exact location of the leak, the CMW operated individual powered roof support functions. Upon operating the side shield function, emulsion vented from a failed hydraulic hose, drenching the CMW. The CMW was transported to hospital and checked for fluid injection. Fortunately, no injury was sustained. Investigations are continuing.

How did it happen?

Incident 1

Incident 2


All Site Senior Executives (SSE) should:

All operators should:

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.

References and further information

Authorised by Jacques le Roux - Chief Inspector – Coal

Contact: Mick Scully, 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 (Fluid injected into CMW's skin - is correct as of time of printing (Dec 3, 2023 8:30 pm).