Bolter incident takes off operator's finger tip

MINE operators have been warned by the NSW Mine Safety Unit to review their operational risk assessments on bolting operations with particular focus on human factors after a fitter had the top of his finger nipped off.
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Lou Caruana

The fitter was operating a bolting rig and was in the process of putting the bolt in and raising it when the bolt caught on the roof.

The bolt flexed out under thrust and pinched his finger between the bolt and the hose manifold on the rig.

In another incident a dozer operator preparing drill prep at base of shot, ripping and pushing sandstone rock material.

The operator stated he was operating very slowly in low gear and was in the process of reversing, when the dozer came down hard on a rock, jarring him heavily and causing immediate pain to his hip and pelvis area.

“Mine operators should ensure seat belts are installed and operators are wearing them at all times whilst operating machinery,” the MSU said.

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