An excavator incident has led to the release of a safety alert by WorkSafe New Zealand on managing ground instability hazards.

The incident in question occurred when an operator was excavating coal and a rock fall took place. The operator was struck and injured while inside the excavator cab.

The incident is still under investigation by WorkSafe but the safety alert was issued to help others avoid a similar fate.

The extractives industry in particular should be aware of the need to ensure effective controls are in place to manage ground instability hazards.These controls should be monitored to ensure they remain effective, the safety alert warned.

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