The NSW Resources Regulator has reported that a mineworker was hit on the hard hat by falling roof material while installing ground support. The worker believes he was knocked unconscious for about five minutes after the ground support incident.
The mining safety regulator has stressed the importance that procedures for ground support activities should provide instruction that no worker enters an area of unsupported ground.
The Regulator said in a statement today “Mine operators must ensure that workers understand and follow the procedures through training and supervision. Machinery should be designed and operated in a way that ensures the operator is not exposed to unsupported ground when accessing the boom with the dolly attached.”