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Mines safety alert no. Newsflash | 09 July 2019 | Version 1

Surface coal mine worker falls from height

What happened?

On Sunday 7 July 2019, at approximately 7:40am, a coal mine worker suffered serious injuries when he fell approximately eleven metres through a walkway to the ground at Collinsville Coal mine. A section of walkway grate was dislodged (fell to the ground) leaving an opening in the walkway through which the person fell. The walkway was around a raw coal dump bin in the coal handling and preparation plant area.

How did it happen?

A formal investigation by the Queensland Mines Inspectorate is underway.

Recommendations

Review the functional safety of machine access.

All mines should check the security of grated and expanded mesh walkways on fixed and mobile plant is in accord with relevant Australian Standards.

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.

Authorised by Peter Newman - Chief Inspector of Coal Mines

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