Summary: The owner/operator of an opal mine suffered spinal injuries when he fell down a shaft. He was fixing a ladder to the shaft wall when it gave way and he fell 6 to 9 metres. Emergency services were required to extract the injured person, who was taken to hospital.
Recommendations to industry: Where a risk of falling is present, mine operators must minimise the risk of fall by providing adequate protection against the risk. Mine operators must have safe systems of work to protect workers from the risk of falls. Emergency response and recovery plans should form part of this system.