A surface drill was being packed up. At the time, there were stilsons attached to a cylinder that had no device to stop them falling over. They fell onto a control panel and the operator’s left middle finger. He continued operating the machine and reported it 10 minutes later.
He was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a compound fracture to the finger.
Recommendations to industry:
Mine operators should review how their workforce are trained in personal risk assessments, especially in the recognition of potential hazards and the hierarchy of controls. Mine operators should review what methods are in place for supervisors to confirm compliance.