Drawpoint dangers

A REVIEW of mine practices at several underground mines in Queensland by Resources Safety and Health Queensland inspectors to check the effectiveness of control measures around drawpoints found some mines were normalising the hazards of open drawpoints and placing workers too close to open brows and drawpoints.

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Proposed method of controlling bund heights, courtesy of Perilya

Working around underground mine drawpoints is hazardous and mines should ideally have mine and operational designs that remove the need for workers to work near drawpoints.