Beltana accident stops production

PRODUCTION at Xstrata’s Beltana longwall operation in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales stopped on Friday night after an underground employee was crushed and taken to hospital.
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The employee, who was described as suffering significant injuries but was not named, was flown to Newcastle Hospital for surgery where he is now in a stable condition, a spokesperson for Xstrata said today.

Xstrata will cooperate with the Mines Inspectorate to determine the cause of the accident, which is believed to have involved a longwall chock.

“We extend our support to the family of the employee involved in the accident,” the spokesperson said.

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