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Weekly incident summary - week ending 7 May 2021
40 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Serious injury | IncNot0039792

Underground coal mine
Summary: A worker sustained a broken tibia when his leg was trapped between two steel beams. The worker was helping position a beam that was being moved by a load haul dump truck (LHD). He placed his leg between a beam on the ground and the beam attached to the LHD, which slipped sideways crushing his leg.
Comments to industry: Workers need to apply safe standing zones to ensure they remain outside of the line of fire. Workers need to remain situationally aware and not place themselves in a position of danger while undertaking tasks.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0039789

Open cut construction materials
Summary: An excavator has unintentionally contacted an energised pad mounted transformer (main transformer substation) forcing it from its normal position and causing a high voltage electrical fault which caused the electrical protection to activate. The excavator was digging a trench close to the transformer when the machine slewed around, and the counterweight hit the transformer dislodging it from its mounts.
Comments to industry: When working in proximity to live high voltage equipment, mine operators should consider the associated hazards and apply the hierarchy of controls. De-energising the high voltage equipment prior to work or minimising the risk by using alternative plant, the erection of barriers, the application of safe operating distances and using observers should all be considered.

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 19 April 2021, a miner stopped his haul truck in front of his personal vehicle to get his lunch.  While standing and eating his lunch, the haul truck rolled forward, pinning the miner between the haul truck and his personal truck.
National (other, non-fatal)

Publication: DMIRS (WA)
The Quarterly Performance Snapshot for the Western Australian Mining Industry 

Provides a snapshot of injury and incident data provided to the Department for the minerals sector between 1 October - 31 December 2020.

Publication: Resources Safety and Health - Mineral Mines and Quarries Inspectorate Queensland
Monthly Periodical – Serious accidents and high potential incidents (February)

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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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