5th February 2018

The Resources Regulator is investigating a reported coal burst event on the Longwall face at Austar Coal Mine.

The incident occurred at approximately 11pm on Friday 2 February 2018 on LWB4 longwall face, where approximately 50 tonnes of coal reported to be ejected from the face of the Hunter based operation.

One worker was reported to have suffered an injury, and was transported to hospital where he received treatment for a laceration to his left hand.

The Resources Regulator issued a Section 195 notice to the mine, which prohibits cutting coal at the affected longwall.

The prohibition notice will remain in place until a detailed investigation into the cause and circumstances of the incident has been completed, and the Resources Regulator is satisfied that appropriate risk controls have been put into place to ensure workers at the mine are not exposed to risk.

As the investigation is underway no further information is available at this time.