A freak workplace accident has sent an underground mine worker to the emergency room in New South Wales’ Blue Mountains region, on October 21.
A 30-year-old male coal mine worker is recovering in a serious and stable condition at Westmead Hospital, after becoming trapped between a conveyor belt and a machine while on the night shift at Centennial Coal’s Clarence Colliery in Clarence, 36km north of Katoomba.
The man suffered a broken pelvis, fractured leg and major laceration to his body from being crushed by the machine, according to Ambulance NSW. He was airlifted to hospital.
“It is believed his right leg was trapped between a conveyor belt and a machine,” a spokesperson told News Limited, adding it was a very challenging rescue operation due to the patient being deep underground.
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Health professionals also treated three of the victim’s co workers for shock.
“Paramedics did an amazing job extricating someone from 8km down,” the spokesperson said.