Workers were lucky to escape serious injury when dozer and a light vehicle collided at BHP Billiton’s Mt Arthur coal mine, in the Hunter Valley on Friday.
BHP Billiton said it is lucky one of its employees was not seriously injured in the accident which crushed the passenger side of the smaller vehicle, the ABC reports.
The miner said it is conducting an internal investigation to determine the cause of the incident.
The company said it will take any necessary actions to ensure these types of accidents are not repeated.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is also running its own investigation.
A spokesperson said it was a serious incident and if there had of been a passenger in the vehicle it could’ve been a lot worse.
Initial findings into the accident suggest the dozer operator was not at fault.
It is thought the dozer was cutting out an access road into a new pad when a light vehicle tried to go around the machine as it was reversing and was clipped.
Light vehicles are not supposed to go within 50 meters of operating equipment without radioing the driver to notify of their intentions first.
“The light vehicle operator wasn’t where he was supposed to be,” a source close to Australian Mining said.