ENVIRONMENT

Investigation into Werris Creek ear injury

THE New South Wales Resources Regulator has started an investigation into the cause and circumstances of an incident at Whitehaven Coal’s Werris Creek coal mine in which a worker was seriously injured using a crowbar to push a securing pin on a dozer counterweight during a lifting operation.

Post incident simulation showing where the worker was using the crowbar.

Post incident simulation showing where the worker was using the crowbar.

At the time, the 9.8 tonne counterweight was held by a vertical two-leg chain assembly slung from a Franna crane. No other support device was used to prevent movement of the counterweight during the...

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