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					                DEPARTMENT MINERAL RESOURCES
                     MPUMALANGA REGION


                NEWSFLASH
                 REPORT OF A FATAL ACCIDENT

A Shuttle-car operator, was fatally injured when he was struck by the bucket of a Load-
Haul-Dumper in the underground workings of a coal mine.


According to a shuttle-car operator, the load-haul-dumper (LHD) was used to suspend a
continuous miner trailing cable across the roadway, while he was inside the bucket,
holding on to the cable, which was also suspended by the bucket. At the same time
another shuttle car operator was standing on the ground adjacent to the LHD. The bucket
was lowered and it knocked him down, pressing his head against the ground, fatally
injuring him.


According to the LHD operator the LHD was used to remove a large flat section of rock
from the feeder-breaker. Following this he drove the LHD around a corner, lowered the
bucket, alighted from the LHD and only then realized that his machine had struck the
now-deceased and that the LHD bucket was resting on his head.


Whichever sequence of events caused the accident; the bucket of the LHD pressed the
head of the now-deceased against the ground, fatally injuring him. The mine standards
prohibit persons from working in the bucket of any LHD, other than when an approved
man-cage is utilized subject to an operating procedure set down by the engineer. This is
contained in the code of practice for trackless mobile machines. The LHD was inspected
and tested and found to be in good working order.

				
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