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NSW Resources Regulator, Mine Safety News - All the latest news in mine health and safety in NSW
23 MARCH 2018

Safety alert: 


Workers withdrawn after methane frictional ignition

A frictional ignition of methane occurred at an underground coal mine when a continuous miner intersected a projected structure during production in a development panel. Workers on the machine attempted to extinguish the fire using water hoses, however this was unsuccessful. The fire was eventually extinguished using a fire extinguisher.

No workers were injured, however they were shaken following the incident.

Resources Regulator inspectors and investigators attended the site and issued a section 195 notice prohibiting entry underground except for the purposes of maintaining the ongoing safety of the mine.

Further information and recommendations
For further incident details and Resource Regulator recommendations to industry, download the full version of the safety alert using the link below.
Download safety alert [PDF, 157Kb]

Amendments to the Work Health and Safety Act


Amendments have been made to the Work Health and Safety Act to reflect six of the eleven recommendations from the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011 Statutory Review Report.

When do the amendments take effect?

The amendments took effect on 21 March 2018.

Further information

Download a copy of the Work Health and Safety Amendment Act 2018 [PDF, 245kb] from the NSW Legislation web site.
Further information is available on the SafeWork NSW website, including a fact sheet.
NSW Government,
Further contact info:
Resources Regulator | Phone: 1300 814 609

Regional NSW, Resources Regulator
516 High St
Maitland, New South Wales 2320

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