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Workers sucked into ventilation ducts 

The Regulator recommends mine operators review their auxiliary fan operational risk assessments and controls after workers at 2 underground coal mines were injured installing ventilation ducting. 

Both incidents involved the workers being sucked into the end of a ventilation duct from the platform of a continuous miner. 

Mine operators should consider the specific hazard identified with the incidents - workers being drawn into or against the ventilation ducting. 

It follows a previous incident in 2020 (PDF, 792.49 KB) in which a worker briefly lost consciousness when he was sucked into the end of an auxiliary fan ventilation tube during installation. 

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