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Longwall injuries cloud improved safety statistics

QUEENSLAND recorded 179 serious accidents and high-potential incidents in March – lower than the rolling average of 183 – but there were several serious mechanical longwall incidents that endangered lives.

Lou Caruana
Longwall injuries cloud improved safety statistics

A longwall operator was operating the tailgate anti-topple cylinder to straighten the tailgate supports when he was hit in the upper thigh by a jet of hydraulic oil as he opened the directional control valve.

He sustained a suspected fluid injection injury.

In another incident, a worker was using a jackhammer to remove a coal blockage in a ROM bin feeder when the coal slumped. The jackhammer fell against the side of the feeder, trapping his left hand.

He suffered a crush injury that required the amputation of part of his small finger and ring finger.

A dozer was towing an armoured face conveyor chain from the main gate in another mine when a section of timber lodged in the dozer track.

The ejecting timber struck the cab window and shattered it.

In another incident, while cutting up a grade into the tailgate, a longwall shearer at the completion of the cut sequence rolled back 20m before stopping.

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