Excavator bucket incident leads to fatality

A BOILERMAKER using an air carbon arc gouging process to remove an external wearplate on an excavator bucket at a Queensland mine site has died after the plate unexpectedly sprang up and struck him in the head.

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According to the Queensland Mines Inspectorate, these plates have elastic springback potential.

 

In this incident the plate being worked on sprang up about 1200mm.

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