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Weekly incident summary - week ending 18 June 2021
37 reportable incidents, 3 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040098

Underground coal mine
Principal mining hazard:
Ground or strata failure
Summary: A roof fall, approximately six metres long, measuring the full width of the drive (5.4 metres) and two metres high, occurred in the main gate of an underground coal mine directly behind the continuous miner where the area was supported. Two fitters on a continuous miner noticed some flaking in the roof and immediately went outbye just prior to the fall of ground. The ground failure was sudden.
Comments to industry: Underground mines must have systems in place to ensure the correct installation of designed strata support. This includes requirements and frequency of encapsulation test, pull test, torque test on drill rigs and inspection of installation spacing. Once these requirements are determined mine operators must make compliance variations.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040114

Open cut coal mine
Summary: The operator of a dump truck smelled smoke in the cabin, activated the emergency stop button and exited the truck. There was a loud bang and the truck began to roll away. The unmanned dump truck travelled approximately 30 metres in an arc before coming to a stop. Initial investigation indicates a loose wire has shorted out the 24 volt supply to the dump-brake switch, causing a fire behind the dash and ultimately causing the truck to move on the incline.
Comments to industry: When activating the emergency stop in a dump truck, plant operators should also ensure that the park brake is applied before exiting the vehicle.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040099

Underground coal mine
Principal mining hazard:
Ground or strata failure
Summary: A fall of roof occurred on the inbye side of a fault plane. The continuous miner was operating inbye approximately 60 metres. Operators were able to retreat past the fallen material under supported roof. Ventilation was not disrupted.
Comments to industry: See recommendations from incident number IncNot0040098 above.

Other Resources Regulator publications

SB21-04           Crawler utility vehicle runaway
SA21-05           Potential crush point on personnel transport vehicle
SA21-06           Worker knocked from ladder

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: MinEx NZ
Uncontrolled movement of loader

A front-end loader drove up a ramp on a stockpile. The loader was on a soft edge as he backed down, so he stopped immediately and asked for help. The operator had recently commenced employment at the site, had previous loader experience, and was signed off as competent on the loader after observation and training.
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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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