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Weekly incident summary - week ending 17 December 2021
35 reportable incidents, 3 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041304

Construction materials
Fire or explosion
Summary: A fire started in the battery box on a 30 tonne excavator in a quarry. Workers attempted to extinguish the blaze using two extinguishers. Their attempt failed and emergency services were called. The excavator was destroyed. The incident was not reported to the Resources Regulator until several days later.
Comments to industry: Dangerous incidents must be reported directly to the Resources Regulator on 1300 814 609.
Quarries and mines should review their emergency response capabilities to ensure adequate firefighting equipment is available. Workers should understand when to escalate an incident to emergency services.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041297

Underground coal
Fire or explosion
Summary: A fire occurred in the wheel bearing of a supply trailer in an underground coal mine. The fire was extinguished using a water hose. The investigation identified a damaged bearing cover that had failed to protect the bearing from contamination.
Comments to industry: Ancillary equipment such as trailers, attachments, and supply pods should have suitable maintenance schedules to manage the plant through its lifecycle. This should consider the environmental conditions and the frequency of use. 
Workers must always inspect plant for damage that may affect the safe use of the plant before commencing work.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041294

Underground metals
Fire or explosion
Summary: A loader was being trammed between levels when a bang was heard, and smoke was seen coming from the rear of the loader. A flame was found in the area of the high-speed drive shaft. A fire extinguisher was used to put out the flame. The investigation identified a shaft bearing failure.
Comments to industry: Drive shaft and bearing failures are a known cause of fires on mobile plant. Refer to SB19-11 Drive shaft failures cause fires
For further information refer to our webpage  Fires on Mobile Plant
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*While the majority of incidents are reported and recorded within a week of the event, some are notified outside this time period. The incidents in this report therefore have not necessarily occurred in a one week period. All newly recorded incidents, whatever the incident date, are reviewed by the Chief Inspector and senior staff each week and summarised in this report. For more comprehensive statistical data refer to our Safety Performance Measures Reports and our Business Activity Reports.
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