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Weekly incident summary
Weekly incident summary - week ending 7 February 2020
31 reportable incidents, 3 summarised below

Dangerous incident | Underground coal mine IncNot 0036665

SummaryAn underground coal mine experienced a stress-induced coal burst caused by localised conditions (longwall approaching a stub, goaf hanging/canter levering.) No workers were in the immediate vicinity when the burst occurred.

Recommendations to industry: 

Predicting coal bursts is not precise so mine operators should consider that when an increased coal burst potential has been identified because of the presence of geological structure or changes in stress regimes, control measures should be implemented to reduce the likelihood of a coal burst occurring, and worker exposure should one occur.

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Dangerous incident | Underground coal mine IncNot 0036686

SummaryA six-wheel tipper truck towing an axle trailer was tipping a load when the axel trailer tipped onto its side. The truck was unable to tip at the unloading area because of weather conditions. The operator was asked to tip on a bitumen roadway instead. No-one was injured or was in the area at the time of this incident.

Recommendations to industry: The stability of articulated vehicles is a known risk, and mines should manage this. Consideration should be given to factors including:
  • operating grades
  • uneven surfaces (holes, rocks, foreign material)
  • tipping loads
  • loads hang-up 
  • load movement 
  • operations speeds.

Dangerous incident |Open cut metal mine IncNot 0036690

SummaryTwo workers were commissioning a pump discharge line in the mill when a poly joint failed, resulting in one worker being pushed against the side of the scissor lift. The worker suffered bruises and grazes.

Recommendations to industryMine operators should review how the potential hazards associated with a discharge line are recognised and controlled. Mine operators should ensure robust, safe work procedures are in place and workers are competent and aware of hazards associated with discharge lines.
ISR20-06 | Go to website

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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 (other non-fatal)
Publication: MinEx NZ
Water cart hits service vehicle

After breaking down on a ramp and then being repaired, a water cart has collided with the rear of the service vehicle. There were no reported 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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