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Coal Inspectorate | Alert | No.412 V 1 | 08 July 2022

Spinal injury resulting from mobile plant contact

What happened?

The bucket of an excavator working a double bench operation collided with the dovetail of a rear dump truck when swinging towards the truck tray. The excavator was on the lower 3.5m high bench at the time of the incident. The impact caused a significant amount of movement to the truck and injury to the operator. The injured operator received a fracture to the C5 vertebrae, resulting in hospitalisation for a number of days.

How did it happen?

Key issues


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Authorised by Peter Newman - Chief Inspector – Coal

Contact: Paul Brown, Inspector of Mines , 0476 836 045

Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland

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All information on this page (Spinal injury resulting from mobile plant contact - is correct as of time of printing (12 Aug 2022 3:12 am).