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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.
A dozer was stripping topsoil and ceased operations so that the radiators and intercooler could be cleared out from accumulated dust. The operator was dismounting from the machine and opened the engine bay door. As the door was opened, he fell backwards and caught his leg on a foot plate before landing on his back on the ground. He sustained a serious laceration to the left calf muscle requiring admission to hospital and corrective surgery. Injuries were also sustained to his shoulder and ribs. MinEx data on incidents with the potential to cause harm over the four years to December 2021 shows 16% (728) of all incidents involve falls, with 307 incidents resulting from fall of a person.
National (other, non-fatal)
Recently, in separate incidents, 2 people fell from ladders and were seriously injured when the ladders they were on failed without warning. Both of the ladders had plastic/polymer structural components that appeared to have UV (sun) damage/deterioration. Portable ladders are one of the least stable but most often used tools when working at heights. A ladder failure can result in a fall. Serious and fatal falls continue to happen where risk control measures are not in place or do not adequately control the risk of falls. While ladders are often the first choice when working at heights, they should only be used if safer options have been assessed first and are not reasonably practicable for the task. Safer options include long-handled tools, scaffolding or elevated work platforms (EWPs).
Resources Safety and Health Queensland
Several mines and quarries have recently reported incidents associated with slope instability and failures in ground integrity to the MMQ inspectorate. Groundwater has a detrimental effect on slope stability. An industry-wide awareness of the likelihood of slope instability due to current groundwater conditions is critical. Saturated conditions leading to standing water within the pit can result in unsafe working conditions. Given the current conditions, pit inspections should be conducted with diligence on a more frequent than usual basis. These inspections should be conducted by a competent person to ensure that geotechnical hazards are identified, and suitable controls implemented.