Weekly incident summary

11 September 2018 | ISR18-34 | Go to website
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Week ending 5 September 2018
High level summary of emerging trends and our recommendations to operators.

Reportable incidents total: 31
Summarised incidents: 5

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

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/01427

Summary: Damage to an 11kV cable was identified during a routine inspection. The outer sheath was damaged when it was hit by an item of mobile plant. The contact was not reported at the time it occurred.

Recommendations to industry: Mine workers are reminded of their duty under section 28 of the WHS Act 2011 to take reasonable care that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of others. When hazards or incidents are not reported this can lead to people being exposed to health and safety risks.

Serious injury | SinNot 2018/01414

SummaryA boilermaker suffered a fractured finger and lacerations when a strong back failed while repairing a dump truck body. The strong back was being used to support a portable hydraulic cylinder to enable repairs.
Recommendations to industry: Temporary items used to support and hold loads must be designed and engineered to prevent injury to workers during their use.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/01409

SummaryA high voltage cable was damaged when it was hit by a longwall roof support being transported to the surface of the mine. The electrical power was not interrupted.

Recommendations to industry: A S195 prohibition notice was issued preventing the mine from transporting supports until a review of procedures and an inspection of the travel route was completed.
Before periods of high traffic of large loads, such as a longwall move, a survey should be conducted to identify any infrastructure exposed to damage. Procedures for loading and transporting should include the maximum height permissible as determined by the survey.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/01408

SummaryA fire occurred on a production drill rig as it was being trammed to the surface of an underground metalliferous mine. The operator noticed a red glow in the engine bay and drove off the decline and then manually activated the onboard fire suppression system. The operator also used a hand-held extinguisher. Initial inspection identified heat damage on a hydraulic hose.

Recommendations to industry: MDG 15 Guideline for mobile and transportable plant for use at mines (other than underground coal mines) 2017 details effective control measures to manage the risk of hoses and pipes creating fuel sources for fires in engine bays.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/01396

SummaryA roof fall occurred at a longwall mine. The fall was about 4 m long x 3 m wide x 3 m high and occurred at the longwall face/belt road corner. The fall occurred after the 8 m cable bolts sheared.

Recommendations to industry: A mine safety inspector was deployed to the site to inspect the area where the fall occurred and assess the mine’s response. Mines must have adequate TARPs in place to effectively react to changing strata conditions. Workers must be trained in these TARPs to ensure they are acted on appropriately.

Number of incident notifications, by commencement month and incident type​ 

Other publications of note

Publication Issue / Topic
International (fatal)
  • Prevalence of ‘black lung’ continues to increase in US coal mine workers.
  • Latest figures suggest that 1 in 10 US coal miners are likely victims of black lung or pneumoconiosis. In fact, workers in some coal mining areas 1 in 5 have signs of the disease.
  • Details
National (other, non-fatal)
WA Dept. of Mines (MIRS)
WA Dept. of Mines (MIRS)
  • Underground operator struck on the head by a high-pressure air line
  • In August 2018, a service crew was extending air and water services underground. Upon reenergising the lines, it was noticed that the water line was not connected properly and was leaking. While the water line was being repaired, the adjacent pressurised airline disconnected at the coupling of a poly fitting and steel isolation valve. The failure of the coupling caused the airline to whip around, breaking a holding chain and striking a service crew operator in the head. The operator collapsed and lost consciousness. He was stabilised and transported to hospital for treatment of concussion and lacerations to his head.
  • Details
  • Noise-induced hearing loss at mines
  • Analysis of noise exposure data submitted to the Safety Regulation System (SRS) shows that a large percentage of mine workers are regularly exposed to noise levels that could cause permanent and debilitating damage (see graph below). There is a notable trend towards overreliance by employers on personal protective equipment (PPE) in place of engineering or administrative controls of noise hazards. Worryingly, exposure-monitoring data also show that workers in noisy conditions often neglect to use PPE.
  • Details
  • Product safety alert
  • The WA Department of Mines has been made aware of an issue relating to the sampling efficiency of specific SKC cyclones (Model 225-69 Cyclone Sampler with re-usable cassette for 25mm filters and Model 225-69-37 Cyclone Sampler with re-usable cassette for 37mm filters).

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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 Annual Performance Measures Reports.
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