April 22, 2021 | Susan Napier-Sewell

How far away is death?

falling rock incident

It could have been so much worse: Worker suffers arm injury at underground metal mine.

The NSW Resources Regulator has reported an incident occurred at an underground metal mine. An operator was loading a truck at the oxide stockpile when a rock, weighing approximately 20 kilograms (44 pounds), came off the bucket and bounced through the truck side panel window, making contact with the operator. The operator received bruising to the upper arm.

The Regulator said, “Mine operators should ensure loader operators are trained in correct bucket loading practice and techniques, including loading perpendicular to the truck where appropriate. Mine operators should ensure that the most suitable plant is used to complete the loading. Introduction to site processes must be in place to ensure the correct equipment is used for each particular application.”

Source: AMSJ (Australasian Mine Safety Journal).

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