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Weekly incident summary - week ending 23 July 2021
33 reportable incidents, 3 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040317

Open cut coal mine
Principal mining hazard: Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A service cart entered an operational drill area and parked facing the front of a drill rig. The drill rig trammed forward and one of the drill support cradle arms made contact with the hand rail and windscreen of the service cart. Visibility from the drill cabin was poor due to dust on the windows and glare from the sun. The service cart operator did not establish positive communications with the drill rig operator. There were no injuries.
Comments to industry: Operators of plant must establish positive communications before entering the work area of other mobile plant. All mine operators must have well established procedures for such communications and workers have a legal obligation to follow those procedures. Our recent campaign focused on the risk of collisions involving heavy mining equipment. Refer to: Vehicle incidents - heading in the wrong direction

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040327

Open cut coal mine
Principal mining hazard: Fire or explosion
Summary: A haul truck caught fire while driving on a haul road. Another truck operator noticed that the fire suppression system had activated and alerted the operator. The operator was able to exit the truck before it became engulfed in flames.
Comments to industry: The cause of the fire is being investigated. Further information may be published later.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040361

Open cut coal mine
Summary: An elevated work platform (EWP) was being driven toward the ramps of a low loader when it slipped off the edge of the deck. The operator was in the basket of the EWP at the time. A spotter was helping to guide the operator during the unloading process. The operator was thrown from the basket and sustained a fractured vertebra.
Comments to industry: Mine operators must have controls in place to manage the risk of EWP's overturning during loading and unloading activities. EWP’s should be matched appropriately to the size of the transport vehicle (length and width) and be centrally positioned on the deck or tray. Operators should plan loading and unloading tasks and final machine position before commencing the task.

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.
National (other, non-fatal)

Publication: DMIRS (WA)
New safety and health report –
The latest quarterly (Jan to March 2021) safety and health report is now available.

Publication: Resources Safety and Health, Queensland (Coal mines)
Coal mine worker trapped by moving vehicle – safety alert #394

A coal mine worker was between a stationary light vehicle and some pallet racking, in a workshop, while a colleague was undertaking the prestart checks on the vehicle. The colleague started the engine of the light vehicle while standing beside the driver’s door. The vehicle’s transmission was in reverse at the time. When the engine started, the light vehicle moved backwards, injuring, and trapping the worker between the pallet racking and the vehicle tray.

Publication: Resources Safety and Health, Queensland (Mineral Mines and Quarries)
May 2021 Incident periodical

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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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