Bench failure at Qld open cut mine

DRAGLINE operators have been warned to regularly check the integrity of their working benches after a bench at a Queensland open cut coal mine failed and the machine listed towards the pit void.

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Dragline on a bench in a Queensland open cut mine bench that was constructed on unsuitable base material.

The Queensland Mines Inspectorate said the speed of failure prevented the operators moving the dragline to stable ground, requiring them to evacuate to safety.