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20 APRIL 2018

Investigation information release: 

Serious injury

Incident date: 2 April 2018
Event: Serious injury at open cut coal mine
Location: Werris Creek No 2 Coal Mine, Werris Creek NSW
Final position of articulated water cart.
A worker suffered a serious laceration on his lower back when the articulated water cart he was driving rolled over. Other workers provided first aid to the injured worker before he was transported to hospital for treatment. The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced an investigation into the incident.
Download the full investigation information release [PDF, 297Kb]

Safety alert: 

Self rescuer inspections and maintenance


During scheduled testing of 2016 Draeger Oxyboks K 25 AU chemical oxygen self rescuers, the Mine Safety Technology Centre identified an issue where the moisture inspection windows had an accumulation of dust, making it impossible to detect a change in the moisture indicators. As a result of this, users of the self rescuers would not be able to correctly undertake pre-use checks and consequently the self rescuers should not have been used. 
Photo 1: Dirt obscuring the moisture indicator.
Photo 2: Clean window with moisture indicator visible.
Download the full safety alert [PDF, 407Kb]

Safety bulletin: 

Safe systems of work for mobile plant


On 2 April 2018, a Volvo A40E water truck was travelling down a ramp and making a right-hand turn when the operator lost control. The truck rolled over causing substantial damage to the operator’s cabin. This resulted in a significant back injury to the operator. 

In February 2016, a worker fell 2.7 m from the platform of an articulated dump truck (ADT) and suffered serious head injuries, which resulted in permanent incapacitation. The dump truck was on a low loader road transport truck and was being prepared to be reversed off the low loader.
Photo 1: The water truck that rolled over.
Photo 2: The access ladder where the worker fell.
Further information and recommendations
For further incident details and Resources Regulator recommendations to industry, download the full version of the safety bulletin using the link below.
Download the full safety bulletin [PDF, 151Kb]

New guidance on practical experience for certificates of competence applications

A sample ‘practical experience page’ for a certificate of competence application is now available on the Resources Regulator’s website.

The sample will assist applicants to record the necessary experience details and complete the application. 

Applications must contain the required information. Common examples of applications not containing complete information include:
  • dates not entered as day/month/year (e.g. ‘current’ should be date at application)
  • only the job title is provided, with no details of job tasks performed
  • not signed off and dated by the supervising manager
  • first aid certificates not current at the time of application or examinations
  • documentation not certified
  • experience details crammed onto one page and unreadable.
A revised application form is available on the department website. The fillable application form allows the boxes to expand as more information is entered. For printed applications, the practical experience page can be printed as many times as necessary to record the required details. 

Visit the Resources Regulator’s website for more information on certificates of competence or email
Click here for more information on certificates of competence
NSW Government,
Further contact info:
Resources Regulator | Phone: 1300 814 609

Regional NSW, Resources Regulator
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Maitland, New South Wales 2320

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