Weekly incident summary

26 July 2019  | ISR19- 28 | Go to website
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Week ending Friday 19 July 2019
High level summary of emerging trends and our recommendations to operators.

Reportable incidents: 38
Summarised incidents: 3

This incident summary provides information on reportable incidents and safety advice for the NSW mining industry.

Dangerous incident  | IncNot 0035080

Summary: A truck was refuelling at a fuel bay on the surface of an underground mine. Fuel splashing from the breather contacted hot engine parts, initiating a small fire.The operator manually triggered the automatic fire systems and extinguished the fire. The refuelling system was a dry break system. No-one was injured.

Recommendations to industry: The risk of strata failure should always be considered, with appropriate controls identified and implemented before work is undertaken in such locations.

Dangerous incident  | IncNot 0035094

Summary: An unattended light vehicle moved an estimated 250 metres from where it was parked. It hit a windrow and flipped onto its side. The vehicle had been parked behind a drill rig but rolled away when unattended.

Recommendations to industry: Drivers must comply with site protocols for vehicle park-up before leaving their vehicles.

Dangerous incident  | IncNot 0035103

Summary: Two people were working on an elevated working platform (EWP) replacing wall sheeting at a coal handling preparation plant. One of the operators tried to move the EWP upwards but the machine moved unintentionally and hit the underside of a structure. No-one was injured.
Recommendations to industry: The investigation has found that the control mechanism of the EWP malfunctioned. The cause of the malfunction is yet to be been determined.
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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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