Worker injured in Appin mine accident

A photo of the "drift runners" that transport workers around underground at the Appin mine. The image is not taken where Saturday's accident occurred.
A photo of the "drift runners" that transport workers around underground at the Appin mine. The image is not taken where Saturday's accident occurred.

An investigation is under way after a man was injured in an accident at Appin coal mine on Saturday night.

The contractor sustained several foot injuries while working underground.

It is understood the man - whose age has not been revealed - fell through safety mesh while undertaking cleaning operations and his foot was caught in a strip conveyor.

First aid was applied and the worker was taken to hospital.

The mine is operated by the South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal company.

Illawarra Coal operations vice-president Jason Economidis said the impacted work area had been isolated.

"We are working with the [NSW Resources] regulator to conduct a full investigation into the cause of the incident," he said.

"The safety and well-being of our people is paramount at South32.

"Our thoughts go out to our injured colleague."

The entrance to the Appin mine, operated by South32.

The entrance to the Appin mine, operated by South32.