Mineworker lucky to escape injury after sheave fall

THE head sheave plumber blocks failed at a New South Wales underground coal mine while a drift winder rope was being removed, resulting in the head sheave falling to ground level from its position on the gantry.

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The sheave wheel fell into a demarcated no-go zone.

This was a vertical distance of approximately 15 metres.

The sheave wheel fell into a demarcated no-go zone.

A person was positioned in the line of fire when the pulley fell but was not injured.