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Weekly incident summary - week ending 25 June 2021
38 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040141

Open cut coal mine
Principal mining hazard:
Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: The operator of a dump truck parked on a dump to allow hot seat changeover. The operator was unable to activate the primary access ladder to exit the truck. After several attempts, the operator restarted the truck, exited via the emergency ladder and then activated the ground level e-stop and isolation switch. The truck then rolled forward approximately 50 metres, contacted a windrow and rolled back approximately 17 metres before stopping. The truck was not parked in a fundamentally stable manner.
Comments to industry: Changeover between operators should take place at designated park up areas where possible. When this cannot occur, operators should put equivalent controls in place to manage the risk of vehicles rolling away, including fundamentally stable parking.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040165

Metals processing
Summary: A rigger had completed lift activities and was dismounting a scaffold. While climbing onto the ladder, the rigger ducked under a handrail, missed the first step and fell three metres to the ground. The rigger was not wearing any fall protection equipment.
Comments to industry: Mine operators must ensure that there are effective controls in place to manage the risk of falls while climbing on and off scaffolding ladders. All workers, who install or work on scaffolding, should be familiar with site scaffolding procedures. This should include design and construction requirements and necessary safety equipment, such as fall protection equipment.

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

On 7 June 2021, a miner entered the top of a primary feed hopper to break up and remove a large rock. Raw material that remained on the sides of the hopper sloughed off and engulfed the miner.

National (other, non-fatal)

Publication: Resources Safety and Health, Queensland (Coal)
High potential incidents – April 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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