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On 19 June 2020, a miner died while inspecting a stockpile for oversized material. As the miner walked along the toe of the stockpile, a portion of the stockpile collapsed, covering him with about 1.2 metres of material.
International (other, non-fatal)
Publication: MinEx NZ
Uncontrolled movement of excavator – need to ensure fundamentally stable parking
An operator was exiting his excavator when he noticed the boom moving. He had not lowered the boom and it was not in safety mode so the boom was able to move freely. He quickly re-entered the excavator and lowered the boom into safety mode.
Publication: NT WorkSafe (in MinEx)
Chain failure fatally injures worker
A worker was operating an excavator to tow another excavator, which had broken down. A chain was attached to the chassis (frame) of the broken-down excavator and to the quick clamp of the other excavator. The excavator being towed weighed about 36 tonne.
When the chain broke, it recoiled, striking the worker who was sitting in the excavator cabin.