The NSW Resources Regulator has reported fire occurred in the crusher house in an open cut mine.
A control room operator saw fire through the closed-circuit television (CCTV) system in a crusher house. The operator entered the crusher house attempting to extinguish the fire. Shortly after, a loader operator noticed the control room operator leaving the crusher house, followed by the collapse of the crusher house. The control room operator suffered smoke inhalation.
In response to the incident the Regulator said: “Mine operators must have adequate emergency procedures in place for workers to follow to ensure their safety. “
The regulator further added that “Workers should follow emergency procedures to ensure they do not put themselves at further risk from environmental hazards, such as smoke from fires.”
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