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Weekly incident summary - week ending 10 December 2021
35 reportable incidents, 4 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041252

Open cut coal
Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: While reversing a dozer on the coal floor, the dozer slipped sideways into water about 2m deep. The operator was able to exit the vehicle and was uninjured.
Comments to industry: Mine operators must have controls in place to manage the risks posed by water bodies near vehicle operating areas. Consideration should be given to the potential for slumping and voids to form, particularly following significant rainfall. The risk of drowning in a submerged vehicle must be considered in such circumstances. When water accumulates near mobile plant operating areas during periods of heavy rain, controls must be put in place to protect operators from the risk of drowning.
Refer to Safety Bulletins:
SB19-10 Dozer incidents increase despite warnings
SB19-01 Rise in dozer incidents putting operators at risk

Dangerous incident | IncNot004253

Surface extractives
Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: An articulated dump truck operator raised the tray to clear some hung-up product. The tub made contact with overhead 11kV power lines. The operator was unaware of the contact but did notice a flash at the right rear tyre. As he drove away he noticed a flat tyre and stopped. An inspection identified a split in the tyre and burn marks on the tyre and on the ground near the power lines.
Comments to industry: The potential for interaction between mobile plant and overhead power lines must be included in the risk assessment and principal hazard management plan for roads or other vehicle operating areas. When raising trays, buckets or booms in areas not designated for loading or dumping, operators must check their surroundings for hazards such as overhead powerlines.
Refer to Safety Bulletin:
SB15-05 Plant contacting overhead powerlines and structures

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041221

Open cut coal
Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A light vehicle stopped at an intersection to give way to an approaching truck. A second truck came up behind the light vehicle. The truck operator failed to see the light vehicle with enough time to stop and had to veer into a windrow to avoid a collision.
Comments to industry: This incident is under investigation, additional information may be released in future. 
Refer to Safety Alert:
SA20-09 Operating mobile plant - Incidents and near misses

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041247

Underground coal
Ground or strata failure
Summary: A roof fall of about 15m occurred on a travel road intersection and impeded passage on the travel road. All workers were safely withdrawn from the panel. The roadway had been driven four months earlier.
Comments to industry: Geological mapping should be conducted as soon as possible once roadways are driven, to ensure support installed is appropriate for conditions. When monitoring devices are replaced, it should be confirmed they are reading correctly and the frequency of routine readings should be increased. This should be included in the trigger action response plan (TARP).

Other publications of interest

These incidents are included for your review. The NSW Resources Regulator does not endorse the findings or recommendations of these incidents. It is your legal duty to exercise due diligence to ensure the business complies with its work health and safety obligations.
International (other, non-fatal)

CAT 775D Dump truck runaway and overturn
A mobile plant operator parked a fully loaded CAT 775 rigid dump truck in the designated mobile plant parking area before going for his break. Several minutes later the unattended machine began to roll forward, gaining speed, before crossing a haul road, hitting a section of edge protection bund and overturning. No-one was hurt and no other plant or vehicles were involved.

National (other, non-fatal)
Resources Safety and Health Queensland

High potential incident periodical (September 2021)
ISR21- 49| Go to website


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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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