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Contractor undergoes surgery after injuring their hand at a Muswellbrook mine

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A contractor has undergone surgery after injuring his hand at a Muswellbrook mine. 

On July 24th, a technician was raising himself in EWP self-propelled scissor lift at Bengalla mine to change a hydraulic hose on a truck - he had his right hand on the controls and his left hand on the hand rail while looking up as the lift was raising.

He contacted his left hand with a bracket on the truck when he stopped raising the EWP.

He was taken to the John Hunter Hospital and underwent surgery on his hand. 

The Resources Regulator has recommended two-handed controlled scissor lifts be installed to avoid the incident happening again in the future.

"The operator was unaware that his hand was in a vulnerable position and there was no secondary handrail fitted that would have provided a higher level of safety," the Regulator said in their recommendation.

Image credit: Bengalla http://www.bengalla.com.au/