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Exposure To U.V. Radiation From Mercury Vapour Lamp

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Five lost time injuries with nine days lost time occurred after a group of mineworkers working to remove a rock from a ROM sizer were exposed to short-wave ultra violet radiation being emitted from a 400w mercury vapour lamp situated directly above the site of work. The outer envelope of the lamp had broken but the lamp continued to discharge. The workers were treated for skin burns and eye flash burns. Some workers had noticed that the lamp cover and lens on the fitting were broken prior to work, but not recognising the hazard decided it could wait to be changed. Prior to the incident the lamp regularly failed due to mechanical impact - about once a month.



Organisation:

Department of Natural Resources and Mines

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Jurisdiction:

Relates to Queensland (QLD)

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Coverage:

Queensland

Author:

NRM-Q

Publisher:

Queensland Government

Published:

18 Jul 2002



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