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Mine worker injured after falling from grader access ladder

Mine worker injured after falling from grader access ladder


On 2 October 2014, a worker at an open cut coal mine sustained spinal injuries when he fell from an access ladder on a grader after it unexpectedly rotated to the raised position.


The operator had parked the machine to clean the windows. He did not shut the machine down. While cleaning the windows he descended the access ladder to a position where he could close the door. When he closed the door, the operator reported that the ladder rotated. As the ladder rotated, the operator became entangled, lifted and fell head-first to the ground. He managed to contact co-workers and was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was diagnosed with spinal injuries. Investigations are continuing.


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