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Weekly incident summary - week ending 12 November 2021
32 reportable incidents, 4 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041037

Underground metals
Summary: A contract worker was operating a winch to pull new belting onto a conveyor. The third section of belting was winched into position and a clamp was applied to the belt. The winch rope then failed. The synthetic fibre rope failed at a snatch block and recoiled 25 metres, passing the winch and worker. The recoiling rope missed the operator by about a metre.
Comments to industry: When winches are being used, controls such as safe standing zones and guarding must be in place to protect workers in the event of a failure. Operators must ensure all ropes used are within their working load limits. While synthetic fibre ropes usually do not recoil when they fail, workers should be reminded that any rope, including synthetic ropes, can recoil and place them at risk of serious injury.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041043

Open cut coal
Summary: A haul truck was travelling fully loaded from an excavator when the position two trailing arm failed and caused the front of the truck to collapse and hit the ground. The truck slid about 20 metres. The operator of the truck did not suffer injuries.
Comments to industry: The cause of the component failure is yet to be determined. Further information may be published later. 

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041070

Underground metals
Fire and explosion
Summary: A loader was being refuelled underground. A bolt retaining the air filter housing (mounted to the fuel tank) compromised the integrity of the fuel tank, allowing fuel to spray onto the turbo exhaust system and DPF box. A worker used two fire extinguishers to put out the fire. 
Comments to industry: Mine operators should ensure stringent monitoring and quality control of maintenance and repair activities.
Refer to Safety Bulletin: SB21-01 Fires occur while refuelling plant

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041049

Open cut coal
Summary: A haul truck made contact with a reject loading bin twisting a structural support. The worker incorrectly aligned the truck with the approach guides resulting in the rear wheels hitting the tyre barriers. This caused the truck to pivot and the headboard to hit the support column. The barrier was not effective in preventing a collision.
Comments to industry: Structures must be protected from impact with mobile plant. The extension of headboards and trays should be considered during the design of barriers and guides. Equipment operators must maintain situational awareness and remain vigilant to manage the risk of collisions while operating mobile plant.

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 (fatal)

Publication: MSHA
Mine fatality
On 1 November 2021, an electrician with 25 years of mining experience was fatally injured while traveling down a mine slope. He lost control of a four-passenger, rubber-tyred personnel carrier, and the vehicle crashed at the bottom of the slope, pinning the worker underneath.
National (non-fatal)

Publication: Resources Safety and Health, Queensland (coal)
Electric motor terminal cover catastrophic failure – Safety alert #400

A 400kW electric pump motor suffered a rapid pressurisation in the motor body resulting in the motor terminal cover catastrophically failing. It was ejected from the terminal box propelling metal fragments approximately 15 metres.
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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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