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Weekly incident summary - week ending 30 October 2020
40 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038535

Mineral sands dredging 
Summary: An operator was knocked to the ground when a tyre on a fuel truck blew out. The operator was on the opposite side of the truck to where the tyre blew and was knocked off their feet following the incident. The truck was unladen and stationary at the time, and had only travelled 100 metres from the workshop when the incident occurred.
Comments to industry:  Tyres should be checked and repaired in accordance with AS 4457.2-2008 Earth-moving machinery - Off-the-road wheels, rims and tyres - Maintenance and repair – Tyres.
  • The life cycle management of tyres should include the changing out of the tyre before failure.
  • Tyre manufacturers should be engaged to assist with identifying the cause of tyre failure.
  • Regular visual inspections of tyre sidewalls should be done to identify bulges, bubbles, cuts or other damage to minimise risk from tyre failure or blowouts.
  • Vehicles should not be operated with underinflated tyres.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038559

Open cut coal mine 
Principal mining hazard: Fire or explosion
Summary: A fuel cart was refuelling a drill rig when a cracked fuel tank sprayed diesel onto the drill rig turbo causing a fire.
Comments to industry:  Refuelling arrangements for mobile plant should be risk assessed and managed for all mine sites. The potential risk of plant/worker interaction and fire should be controlled. Mines should check the designs of fuel tanks to ensure they are capable of accepting high delivery flows and can handle the pressure of the refuelling system without deformation of the fuel tank including the maintenance of pressure relief valves.

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 (fatal) 

Publication: MSHA
Mine Fatality A leading hand was killed, when his light vehicle was hit by a haul truck.
International (other non-fatal

Publication: MinEx NZ
Fire destroys loader – A loader operator noticed smoke while in the cab of a loader. Looking behind him, he saw flames behind the cab.
National (fatal) 

Publication: SafeWork NSW
September 2020 Incident Periodical
ISR20-44 | Go to website


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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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