Canadian miner injured in surface incident

A HAUL truck driver is still recovering from his injuries after a rollover crash late last week at Western Coal’s Wolverine operation.
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Courtesy Western Coal

Donna Schmidt

According to local newspaper the Tumbler Ridge News, 26-year-old Chris Hawley was in a stable condition in the intensive care unit of a regional hospital Monday morning after an incident December 16 at about 5am.

The worker was reversing a Caterpillar 785 haul truck at the operation in an attempt to dump waste material when the 250-tonne vehicle went over a berm and down a steep 50-metre embankment.

Hawley received a broken shoulder, three broken ribs, a punctured lung and a possible broken back, though Western Coal representative Graham Foyle-Twining reportedly told the newspaper that the serious injuries were not life-threatening.

Investigations by both the company and Canada’s newly formed Ministry of Natural Resource Operations have commenced.

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