Bulldozer driver is injured in open cut mine incident

A MAN has injured his back while working on a bulldozer at the open cut Newlands Mine, near Glenden.

A Department of Natural Resources and Mines spokesman said the mine worker jarred his back while reversing the bulldozer over a raised, hard surface about 8pm Thursday.

It is believed the man was working on preparing a pad for a dragline excavator.

"The Queensland Government Mines Inspectorate was advised about a minor incident, which occurred on (Thursday) at the Newlands coal mine, 140 km west of Mackay," he said.

"The worker was given assistance onsite, but was later transported to Townsville Hospital for precautionary testing and observation."

The department spokesman said local mines inspectors would monitor the outcome of any incident investigation undertaken by Newlands mine management.

Meanwhile, a CFMEU spokesman it they were also aware of the incident and would be looking into it.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the man was transported to Townsville in the early hours of yesterday morning.

It is believed he was still in pain during the night.

Glencore-Xstrata runs the Newlands mine and did not respond to the Daily Mercury before the paper went to print. Queensland mining sites are required to provide Mines Inspectorate with reports of serious accidents.

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