Dangerous incident – Hydraulic Oil Incident

April 19, 2018 Tara

Summary: An operator was hit with a stream of hydraulic oil while installing a roof bolt from a continuous miner. The operator was transported to hospital but was cleared of a fluid injection injury. The hose failed due to abrasion from rubbing on another hose.

Recommendations to industry: Where guarding is in place to protect workers from hydraulic release from moving hoses, the guard should be checked through the complete range of motion to ensure no gaps are present.  Mine operators should manage the risk of hydraulic hoses rubbing.

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