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Weekly incident summary - week ending 14 May 2021
34 reportable incidents, 3 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0039848

Open cut coal mine
Summary: A dozer operator communicated with a haul truck that he was about to clean up across the face, behind the truck. The dozer operator completed one push and reversed back to commence a second push. The truck operator saw the dozer reversing out of the area and assumed it had finished cleaning up. The truck operator then reversed towards the face, narrowly missing the dozer cab with the dovetail of the truck. The truck operator assumed the dozer was clear without waiting for positive communication from the dozer operator.
Comments to industry: Operators of mobile plant must establish positive communications with other plant operators before moving into impact zones. There is no room for assumption when the consequences could be fatal. Mine operators should consider periodic refreshers in positive communications protocols for operators using mobile equipment. Refer to: Safety Bulletin 18-06 Lack of positive communications

Dangerous incident| IncNot0039838

Underground coal mine
Summary: While retrieving a wash down hose on the longwall face, an operator was sprayed on the side of the head with 1200 kilopascals of water pressure, when the ball valve inadvertently opened.
Comments to industry: Mine operators should consider using gate valves in place of ball valves to prevent the inadvertent operation of water hoses.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0039872

Underground metals mine
Summary: Two electricians were in a man basket, attached to the extended boom of a telehandler, when the basket dropped to the ground. When the boom was extended, the telehandler overbalanced, causing the basket to drop to the ground and the rear of the telehandler to lift. The basket dropped approximately 3.5 metres at a slow rate. The outriggers of the telehandler had not been extended due to the tight working location.
Comments to industry: Before completing a task, a risk assessment tool must be used, and control measures put in place for identified risks. If identified controls such as outriggers are installed and cannot be used, additional control measures must be identified and implemented through a risk management process. Operators must be trained in identifying when a risk is present and how to control the risk. OEM recommendations must be taken into account when developing procedures for tasks.

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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 22 April 2021, a mine worker was fatally injured when leaving the mine site in his personal pickup truck. The manual swing barrier gate was partially closed. A gate pole entered the truck’s windshield as the pickup truck approached, striking the victim and causing fatal injuries.
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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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