After a series of injuries at its Wongawilli mine, Wollongong Coal are on the hunt to find a safety and health manager.
In the miner’s July-September quarterly report released to the Australian Stock Exchange it listed three “notifiable injuries” at the Wongawilli site.
These are on-site injuries where the worker is unable to carry out their normal duties for longer than a week.
The worst of these injuries saw an operator crush their finger in a load haul dump, fracturing the left middle finger.
The second saw a mining official damage his knee while walking along a conveyor belt.
A doctor’s examination found ligament damage that required surgery.
The third injury saw a worker injure his back while trying to lift a heavy hose.
There was also a notifiable injury at the Russell Vale mine, where an environmental monitoring officer tripped and rolled his ankle.
He had to be airlifted to Wollongong Hospital where it was found he had a fractured and sprained ankle.
There were also minor incidents including a tradesman exposed to a blown hydraulic hose and an operator failing to use the brakes on a transporter.
Wollongong Coal was "actively seeking” a candidate to fill its newly created role of safety, health and training manager.
The role will “assist the mine to operate safely and productively going forward”.
A health and safety committee was formed in July and has since met twice.
Despite the incidents, Wollongong Coal said it had improved safety at Wongawilli “though improved start of shift communication, safety accountability and the better use of proactive personal risk assessment tools”.
The miner is looking to further reduce injuries at its mining sites.
“Wongawilli is continuing its drive to meet its compliance obligations and be injury free,” the report stated.
“Its strategy is that the behaviour that underpins a zero harm workplace facilitates a productive and profitable operation.”