A worker was operating a LH621 Sandvik loader (‘loader’) in the underground workings of the mine when he observed a fire near the front left (position one) tyre. The worker turned off the machine, activated the fire suppression system and then exited the cabin. To escape the fire, the worker ran past the rear of the loader and sustained burn injuries when he was near the engine bay. Once clear of the loader the worker rolled on the ground to extinguish his clothing which had caught fire. The worker then ran to a nearby co-worker who called an emergency via radio and transported the worker to a refuge chamber. The worker was provided first aid, evacuated to the surface and transported to hospital for treatment.

Worker suffers serious burns in underground loader fire


Last Updated: 17/05/2022 03:04:28pm