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All the latest in mine health and safety in NSW
Weekly incident summary - week ending 18 November 2022
51 reportable incidents, 4 summarised below
Dangerous incident | IncNot0043489 
Underground coal  mine

Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A collision occurred between a dozer and a dump truck. The dump truck operator was a trainee with 6 months’ experience. On the operator’s fourth load, the dozer operator requested the load be dumped at the start of the dump at 45 degrees. The dozer operator was referring to the opposite end of the dump to where the previous loads were dumped. The truck operator proceeded to the previous point and started to reverse at an angle. 
The dozer operator started to reverse and noticed the rear of the truck as they were about to collide and tried to call the operator to stop. The truck hit the dozer, damaging the dozer’s GPS/aerial. 
Recommendations to industry: Higher order risk controls such as equipment segregation and engineering controls must be considered during risk assessments for roads and other vehicle operating areas. Relying on procedural controls such as positive communication and operating procedures should not be used in place of higher order risk controls.
Dangerous incident | IncNot0043455 
Underground coal mine
Summary: A worker climbed a ladder and was lifting a pump-out line. The worker fell from the ladder and suffered a dislocated elbow and arm fractures.
Recommendations to industry: Mine operators should review the standards and inspection regime for portable ladders to ensure ladders are maintained in a safe state for use. 
Workers must be trained in the site standards and in the safe use of ladders.
Dangerous incident | IncNot0043442 
Underground coal mine
Summary: A work group was installing a 2.7 tonne motor and gearbox assembly at the top of a reclaimer. The assembly was being lifted in with a slew crane when the job coordinator, not part of the work group approached the task. The coordinator observed the load swinging around and instinctively reached out and grabbed the load. The coordinator’s left hand index finger was caught between the load and the structure of the reclaimer, partially amputating the finger.
Recommendations to industry: Workers and supervisors entering work areas during lifting must remain clear of suspended loads. Tag lines must be used to control loads during lifting activities. 
Dangerous incident | IncNot0043441 
Open cut coal mine
Summary: A plate was being removed from the rear axle box hole of a haul truck using an overhead crane. The plate sprang out and hit a nearby worker causing a compound fracture to the lower leg. The worker was transported to hospital by ambulance. The plate, chain and crane hook landed on the deck of the truck.
Recommendations to industry: This incident is under investigation. Further information may be released in future.

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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 (fatal)

Publication: SafeWork Australia

This report provides statistics about people who have died from traumatic injuries through work-related activity. The data presented in this report is based on the information available about the fatalities as at October 2022 when the 2021 dataset was finalised. There were 169 worker fatalities in 2021 due to injuries sustained in the course of a work-related activity. Overall, the number of fatalities has been trending downward since 2007.

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National (other, non-fatal)

Publication: Resources Safety & Health Queensland
Recent instances of corroded electrical components have resulted in a fire on a mobile processing unit (MPU) and a no-flow condition of an ammonium nitrate emulsion (ANE) pump. Damaged electrical components in the vicinity of ammonium nitrate product were subject to corrosion. Routine maintenance and pre-start inspections failed to identify and replace affected wiring, solenoids, actuators and switches. In one instance, a wiring harness with damaged insulation on a MPU bin lid actuator energized resulting in a small fire. In another incident, an internally corroded actuator energized and started a NAPCO™ ANE pump while the mine reload was unattended.

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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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