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Weekly incident summary - week ending 2 July 2021
32 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040210

Underground coal mine
Summary: During a maintenance period, two separate crews were working on the longwall belt. The first crew, at 5 cut through, isolated and locked out using the remote isolation system. The second crew, at 3 cut through, later isolated and locked out at a different location, using the same remote isolation system. When the first crew removed their locks and isolation, the deputy called the control room operator to start the belt. The pre-start warning sounded and the belt began moving while a person at 3 cut through was standing on the belt. Another worker pulled the lanyard which operated a switch and stopped the belt. There were no injuries. Preliminary investigations indicate the remote isolation point at 3 cut through had internal damage, making it ineffective.
Comments to industry: Mines should review the maintenance and testing of remote isolation systems. Workers should be trained to identify when remote isolation has been successfully applied and when it has failed.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040223

Underground coal mine
Summary: A deputy, carrying out underground conveyor belt inspection, found hot embers and a small flame. Both were caused by an empty 20 litre oil drum wedged under the moving conveyor return belt.
Comments to industry: Historically, fires in underground coal mines have led to significant human tragedy and loss. Any fire should be extinguished as quickly as possible. Mine operators should ensure that risk control measures to prevent the occurrence of fires, and the escalation and response to underground fires, are implemented and remain effective. Inspection regimes, housekeeping standards and emergency response procedures should be routinely examined to ensure minimum standards are met or exceeded.

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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.

National (other, non-fatal)

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