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.
Mine Fatality – On 14 May 2021, a continuous mining machine operator was fatally injured when a piece of rock fell from the roof and struck him. The victim was working under an unsupported roof in the Number One entry.
Mine Fatality – On 18 May 2021, a telehandler was towing a trailer, with a diesel pump onboard, up an inclined underground roadway when the tow hitch suddenly broke. The trailer rolled down the roadway, striking and fatally injuring a contract labourer.
International (other, non-fatal)
Publication: MinEx NZ
Excessive wear leads to mechanical failure under load
A front end loader was being used to conduct lifting operations when the end of the link arm broke off and projected itself nine metres away.
National (other, non-fatal)
Publication: Resources Safety and Health Queensland (Coal)
Dragline hoist drum uncontrolled movement – Safety Alert #390
The uncontrolled release of hoist brakes and bucket from a significant height, combined with no controls contributed significantly to this event. The hazards posed by the uncontrolled release of the hoist brakes and dragline bucket were not identified by the personnel in any formal process.
Publication: Resources Safety and Health Queensland (Minerals Mines and Quarries)
High Potential Incident Summary – March Periodical
Publication: DMIRS (WA)
Near miss following unplanned movement of autonomous haul trucks during recovery operations – Significant incident report No.286
Two operators were exposed to potentially serious injury when the two autonomous haul trucks (AHTs) they were attempting to board unexpectedly drove forward.
Publication: DMIRS (WA)
Hazard of lightning strikes on vehicles – Mine Safety Bulletin No.183
Over the past three years, the Department has been notified of several vehicles on mining operations being struck by lightning, with some experiencing tyre pyrolysis following the event. Pyrolysis may result in tyres exploding unexpectedly, and this poses a risk of serious or fatal injury to workers due to the sudden release of energy. This type of catastrophic failure may occur after a delay of several hours.