Weekly incident summary

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Week ending 20 June 2018

Reportable incidents total: 34
Summarised incidents: 7

Incidents of note for which operators should consider the comments provided and determine if action needs to be taken.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00971

SummaryA workshop roof was damaged when an articulated truck hit it.  After completing the pre-use inspection, the tub was still raised and the operator tried to drive through the workshop.

Recommendations to industry: Driving through confined areas should be avoided if alternatives exist.
The risk of trucks operating with raised bodies should be addressed in the operational risk assessment and suitable controls put in place. The hierarchy of controls should be considered when developing controls.

Serious injury | SinNot 2018/00970

Summary:Three workers were injured when the transport vehicle they were passengers in hit a sled. A load haul dump (LHD) vehicle was towing the sled out of the mine when the incident occurred. The LHD pulled to the side of the road to allow several transports driving into the mine to pass. As the second transport passed the sled, the left hand rear wheel hit the sled and the workers made contact with the roof of the vehicle.

Recommendations to industry: Trailers and attachments should be checked so they are visible to operators of other vehicles.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00964

SummaryA boilermaker suffered a fractured foot. The boilermaker was cutting a steel plate from an excavator bucket when the steel plate fell to the ground. The steel plate bounced on the ground and hit the boilermaker’s foot.

Recommendations to industry: Work planning should include the requirements for loads to be supported during removal and lowered in a controlled fashion. This applies not only to tasks involving hot work but loads retained by mechanical means.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00961

SummaryA collision occurred when a light vehicle rolled into a Jumbo. The light vehicle was parked in the decline. After leaving the vehicle it rolled forward and wedged between the Jumbo and the rib.

Recommendations to industry: Ongoing monitoring of compliance with site park-up procedures should be included as part of the duties of supervisors.

Serious injury | SinNot 2018/00959

SummaryA haul truck was trying to pass a grader when it slid towards the grader and made contact.  The grader was cleaning a haul road following rain.

Recommendations to industry: Operators should drive to conditions and always manage separation distances. When starting operations following rain, additional caution should be taken.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00958

SummaryA haul truck was parked up and shutdown due to rain. The operator remained in the cab. After about an hour, the truck rolled forward 30 to 40 metres before the operator was able to stop it.
Recommendations to industry: Park-up procedures should include requirements for situations where the vehicle is parked up but the operator remains in the cabin.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00956

SummaryA worker suffered an electric shock. The worker was cleaning swarf from a magnetic base drill when the shock occurred. When inspected, an electrician identified 120 volts (AC).
Recommendations to industry: An assessment should be carried out to determine the correct tool to be used for the conditions. Battery-powered tools and air tools should be considered. Earthing requirements for mains-powered tools should be reviewed.

Number of incident notifications, by commencement month and incident type​ 

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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 Annual Performance Measures Reports.
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