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Weekly incident summary - week ending 17 June 2022
46 reportable incidents, 5 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0042358

Open cut coal mine
Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A loaded haul truck operator accidentally reversed and breached a windrow while being loaded by an excavator on the same level. The truck stopped on the coal floor below. The seam was 2.5 m high. A digger operator stopped the truck from moving further by putting the digger bucket onto the body.
Comments to industry: While being loaded, haul trucks should have appropriate braking system applied. Dig areas should be designed and maintained to allow ease of maneuvering, without requiring excessive acceleration or braking to position for loading. Windrows should be designed and constructed to suit the mobile plant operating in the area. Workers must report and rectify non-compliant work areas.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0042381

Open Cut coal mine
Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A loaded haul truck was travelling down a ramp towards a bend. An empty haul truck was travelling towards the bend to continue up the ramp. The empty haul truck entered the corner at an excessive speed, lost traction and started to slide. The rear of the truck slid, the dovetail struck the side of the loaded truck and spun 180 degrees. The empty truck came to a stop behind the loaded truck. Both workers were uninjured.
Comments to industry: Workers must operate vehicles and equipment at a speed that is appropriate to the prevailing conditions. Workers must remain vigilant in monitoring changes in conditions in operating environments. Engineering controls that minimise the risk of loss of control should be considered, including the use of centre bunding, speed monitoring systems and alarms. 
Refer to:
Safety Alert SA20-09 Operating mobile plant - Incidents and near misses

Dangerous incident | IncNot0042391

Open cut coal mine
Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A dozer was operating on a bench approximately 1.5 m high. While reversing, the dozer slid off the side of the bench. Dirt was pushed up against the dozer to prevent it from rolling further.
Comments to industry: Situational awareness is a key control when operating mobile equipment. Operators should minimise reversing and consider this when planning tasks. Lighting should be strategically placed to provide adequate lighting for tasks and reduce glare.
Refer to:
Safety Bulletin SB19-01 Rise in dozer incidents putting operators at risk
Safety Bulletin: SB19-10 Dozer incidents increase despite warnings

Severe incident | IncNot0042418

Underground metals mine
Summary: A worker was hit in the face by a barring steel that ejected from a jaw crusher. The worker was standing on a platform above the operating jaw at the time. The barring steel entered the crusher in production feed. The worker lost four teeth in the incident. 
Comments to industry: Crushers and rotating equipment involve large energies that are capable of ejecting material with large amounts of force and speed. Mine operators should review access over and around crushers, feeder breakers and other processing equipment to ensure workers are not exposed to the risk of ejecting material.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0042409

Underground metals mine
Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: Two workers were travelling down a main decline in a light vehicle. The vehicle hit a slippery part of the decline that resulted in the vehicle sliding into a drain. The vehicle rolled 360 degrees, coming to rest on its wheels and facing back up the decline. Neither occupant was injured. 
Comments to industry: Equipment operators must maintain situational awareness and remain vigilant regarding the risk of machine rollovers. This incident underpins the importance of wearing seatbelts as a mitigating control and demonstrates rollovers can occur in unexpected situations. Mine operators should ensure that light vehicles rollover is considered in the risk assessment for roads and other vehicle operating areas, including at underground mines.

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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)
Resources Safety and Health Queensland
Since 2011, there have been 129 reported incidents involving the failure of structures in the mineral mines and quarries sector, with 19 of those occurring in the past 12 months. These structural failures have resulted in uncontrolled movements, and falls of objects, persons and, in some circumstances, whole structures. All of these incidents had the potential to cause serious harm to people.
ISR22-24 | Go to the website


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