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16 January 2020

Latest investigation information releases

We issue investigation information releases (IIRs) on particular incidents such as fatalities or serious bodily injuries. Information releases are designed to draw attention to the occurrence of a serious incident in the mining industry and are issued at the preliminary stages of an investigation.

Please use the links below to view two IIRs published today:
IIR20-01: Worker A - Mixed dust pneumoconiosis
IIR20-02: Collision between dozer and light vehicle

Compliance priorities

Our key compliance priorities for the next six months have been published on our website.
Between January and June this year, we aim to complete seven compliance priorities targeting tailings management, key statutory functions at quarries and nomination of statutory positions, change management, autonomous mining systems, self-escape systems in underground mines, progressive rehabilitation and subsidence management.
 We also aim to conduct several proactive assessment programs associated with principal hazards, carry out investigation priorities and conduct more workshops and seminars.
Compliance priorities January to June 2020

Fire on mobile plant quarterly reports

Increasing reports of fires on mobile plant at New South Wales mines have been a cause of concern, prompting us to increase focus on the issue and conduct detailed reviews.
Since January 2018 we have published quarterly reports on fires on mobile plant, presenting data collected from ancillary reports to facilitate industry awareness. The reports provide an insight into the causal factors of fires on mobile plant and the effectiveness of current preventative measures. 
The fourth quarter 2019 report is now available. You can read all the 2018 and 2019 reports via the link below.

Industry should consider focusing on the elimination of ignition and heat sources to reduce the occurrence of fires.
Fires on mobile plant quarterly reports

Latest media releases

Please use the links below to view the latest media releases:
Young Mining prosecution launched
Maules Creek Coal prosecuted over mining truck collision

Enforceable Undertakings

When an alleged contravention of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 has occurred, we may accept a Work Health and Safety (WHS) undertaking instead of initiating a prosecution.

A WHS undertaking is a legal agreement which obliges an organisation to carry out specific activities to improve worker health and safety as well as delivering benefits to the mining industry and the broader community.

The following final reports have been published on our website.

Mangoola Coal Operations Pty Ltd Cab riser separation failure - Final report
Coal & Allied (NSW) Pty Ltd - Final report

Amendments to Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation

The Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Amendment Regulation 2019 was made on 18 December 2019 under the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013

The Amendment Regulation commences on 1 February 2020 and will amend the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 to address work health and safety issues, reduce regulatory burden and ensure the policy intent of the legislation is achieved.
Read more

MPCB 2018/19 Annual report

The Mining and Petroleum Competence Board oversees the development of competence standards and the assessment of people who have a role at a mine that may affect health and safety.
Mining and Petroleum Competence Board publications
Further contact info:
Resources Regulator | Phone: 1300 814 609

Regional NSW, Resources Regulator
516 High St
Maitland, New South Wales 2320

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