Weekly incident summary

2 August 2019  | ISR19-29 | Go to website
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Week ending Friday 26 July 2019
High level summary of emerging trends and our recommendations to operators.

Reportable incidents: 42
Summarised incidents: 3

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

Dangerous incident  | IncNot 0035137

Summary: While a light vehicle was driving back to the assembly point from a drill site, it drove over an open edge. The front of the vehicle dropped over the edge, while the rear wheels remained on the bench.
The two occupants of the vehicle were not injured. 
The vehicle was exiting the drill area at the end of shift. The driver used the same road they had driven on earlier that day. During the shift, an excavator dug through the ramp, leaving an open face approximately two metres in height.
The excavator operator was unaware that his work area was intersecting an active light vehicle track. This resulted in the track being excavated without the installation of any delineation markers or communication to the light vehicle operators.

Recommendations to industry: Mine operators should review the adequacy of their communication arrangements on shift.

Dangerous incident  | IncNot 0035193

Summary: A nine-kilogram dry chemical fire extinguisher, mounted on a CAT D11T Dozer (DOZ817), exploded. This resulted in the metal buckle from the retaining strap releasing and cracking the cabin window. There were no injuries to personnel.

Recommendations to industry: Investigations are underway to try and understand the causal factors contributing to the catastrophic failure of the extinguisher.

Dangerous incident  | IncNot 0035168

Summary: A contractor technician was raising himself in an EWP self-propelled scissor lift to change a hydraulic hose on a truck. He was looking up at the hydraulic hose location while raising the EWP with his right hand on the controls and left hand on the hand rail. He contacted his left hand with a bracket on the truck when he stopped raising the EWP. The technician was transported to hospital with a suspected broken hand. The technician was later transferred to the John Hunter Hospital to undergo surgery on his hand. He has since been released from hospital.

Recommendations to industry: The EWP used in this incident was not fitted with two-handed controls. The operator was unaware that his hand was in a vulnerable position and there was no secondary handrail fitted that would have provided a higher level of safety.

Dangerous incident  | IncNot 0035084

Summary: A truck was refuelling at a fuel bay on the surface of an underground mine. Fuel splashed from the breather and made contact with 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: Breather valves are integral to the safe refuelling of plant via a dry break system. Initial investigations have determined that the breather valve was defective. Maintenance programs should include the regular inspection of breather valves, in accordance with manufacturers recommendations.

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The 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
Worker dies from fall - Investigation report final 
A 46-year-old contractor with three years' experience, died on 7 March 2019 at 3.30am after falling three and a half metres from the top of a log washer. While the worker was tightening bolts on the log washer drive motor, his wrench slipped off the bolt head, causing him to lose balance and fall backwards. He fell through a gap between two log washers, striking a handrail before landing on an electrical cable tray. He suffered internal injuries and died at the hospital.
International (other non-fatal)
Publication: MinEx NZ
Faulty pressure gauge
A subcontractor was performing splicing of a conveyor belt (joining the belt with pressure and heat) on a mobile crushing plant when a clamping bolt on the vulcaniser failed and part of the vulcaniser catapulted around 5 metres into the air. The part, weighing approximately 50kgs, landed on the back end of the contractor’s van and smashed the rear window.
National (other non-fatal)
Publication: WorkCover Qld
Worker injured when tyre explodes
In May 2019, a young worker suffered serious facial injuries when the split rim that he and another worker were performing maintenance on, exploded.
For reasons yet to be established, it appears the tyre exploded while the workers were removing a tyre from a split rim on an earthmover. Investigations are continuing.
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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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