Weekly incident summary

11 October 2019  | ISR19-39 | Go to website
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Week ending Friday 4 October 2019
High level summary of emerging trends and our recommendations to operators.

Reportable incidents: 47
Summarised incidents: 2

This incident summary provides information on reportable incidents and safety advice for the NSW mining industry.

Dangerous incident | IncNot 0035710

SummaryA tail pulley of a mains trunk conveyor catastrophically failed at an underground coal mine. The bearing seized resulting in heat and the pulley being partially ejected (2-3 metres) from the confines of the conveyor boot end. The incident was seen on the CCTV that monitored the conveyor transfer. The mine had live temperature monitoring and had completed monthly vibration inspections. No workers were in the vicinity when the incident occurred.

Recommendations to industry: Mine operators should review maintenance procedures, including lifecycle management, in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendation. Where temperature monitoring is used, it should be confirmed that it is set to the correct level to warn (or trip) of an impending failure. 

Dangerous incident | IncNot 0035748

SummaryWhile widening a longwall installation face at an underground coal mine, the cutter head of a continuous miner hit a mega bolt tail. The nut from the bolt hit a worker in the face. The worker suffered a fractured sinus bone and was treated in hospital.

Recommendations to industry: Mine operators must assess the risk for tasks and consider the clearance required to operate equipment. The risk assessment must also consider where workers are located during the cutting cycle.

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)
Publication: MinEx NZ
Truck tyre blowout

A worker was washing down a dump truck at a wash pad when the truck experienced a rupture of the rear left-hand tyre involving the inside sidewall and bead.

National (other, non-fatal)
Publication: SafeWork NSW
Engineer crushed by reversing excavator

A 32-year-old engineer suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries on a road works construction site when he was crushed between a reversing excavator and a stationary light vehicle. He was transported by ambulance from the Bringelly site to Westmead Hospital where he underwent surgery.
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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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