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13 metre fall off bosun's chair down mine shaft

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A timberman received serious injuries when he fell approximately 13 metres down a mine shaft. Immediately prior to the accident the timberman was suspended in a Bosun's Chair approximately 13 metres above the shaft bottom. He was intending to carry out work on  guide rope stays. A new Moxham Rescue Master portable rescue system including a Bosun's Chair was suspended in the shaft. It was slung from a beam in the center of the shaft using a two metre long polyester sling.

The timberman had strapped himself into the Bosun's Chair and associated harness and lowered himself  into  the  shaft.  After  he  had  descended  a  short  distance  he  stopped  to  make  some adjustment  to  the  ropes  when  the  Bosun's  Chair  parted  from  the  rope  pulley  system.  The timberman fell to the bottom of the shaft [13 metres] and received serious injuries.



Organisation:

Department of Natural Resources and Mines

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Jurisdiction:

Relates to Queensland (QLD)

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Coverage:

Queensland

Author:

DME-Q

Publisher:

Queensland Government

Published:

14 Mar 2000



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