Worker airlifted for surgery after excavator incident

A SERIOUS accident involving a Hitachi EX1900 excavator at a Queensland open cut coal mine has led to a coal mine worker requiring surgery to his arm.

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The worker was airlifted to a Brisbane hospital and required multiple operations.

The operator had been preparing to use a 360 tonne track press.

While aligning the track press in preparation to press out a track pin, the pressurised cylinder head plate failed catastrophically.