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Weekly incident summary - for the period 11 December 2020 to 8 January 2021
91 reportable incidents, 8 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038855

Underground metals mine
Principal mining hazard: Fire or explosion
Summary: While driving to the surface park up area, approximately 100 metres from the portal, a haul truck’s engine caught on fire. The haul truck operator saw the flame coming from the exhaust guard. The fire suppression system was initiated, which extinguished the flame.
Comments to industry: The mine identified that the ‘O’ ring failed, resulting in the spray of hydraulic oil onto the hot engine components. The Resources Regulator has identified a concerning increase in reports of fire on mobile plants. Escape of fluids ignited by hot surfaces has been identified as one of the top two causes, along with electrical wiring faults. For further information and the Regulator’s position refer to our website.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038873

Open cut coal mine
Principal mining hazard: Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A light vehicle being driven by a contractor collided with a barrier on the edge of a mine access road. The barrier intruded into the front passenger side of the vehicle. Statements indicate that the driver may have been distracted by a kangaroo.
Comments to industry: Mine operators should ensure light vehicle operators are aware of the hazards in relation to local wildlife. In addition, mine operators should also ensure that light vehicles are fitted with safety features that provide protection if a crash occurs. Features include crumple zones, airbags, seat belts and active safety assist technologies. 

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038894

Underground metals mine
Principal mining hazard: Fire or explosion
Summary: An operator activated a self-contained self-rescue unit that was near the end of its life as part of a training exercise. The operator pulled the pin on the SCSR unit to activate the oxygen and the unit ignited. The operator removed the unit from their neck and dropped it to the ground, where it caught on fire. The fire was extinguished, and the operator was not injured.
Comments to industry: The cause of this fire has not yet been established. The unit has been sent to the OEM for further testing and analysis.
Mine operators should maintain regular frequent testing of self-rescue units. When excessive failures occur, the entire batch of self-rescuers should be removed from service. The outcomes of this incident need to be considered when using self-rescuers for training exercises.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038912

Small mine
Principal mining hazard: Subsidence
Summary: A quarry manager witnessed a hole appear in weathered material next to a concrete kerb on an overburden embankment. There was pooling water swirling and gurgling at the location indicating water had accumulated due to a recent rain event. The road was closed to all vehicles and water was redirected. Approximately 45 minutes later a section of the bank slumped out of the hillside.
Comments to industry: Mine operators must have safe systems of work in place to inspect highwalls, low walls and dumps. These inspections must consider weathering effects, ground water and conditions that affect the stability. Following several incidents where people and equipment have been exposed to significant health and safety risks as a result of highwalls, low walls and dumps failing, the NSW Resources Regulator has published Safety Bulletin SB20-01 Failure of highwalls, low walls and dumps. Operators should take note of the recommendations in this bulletin.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038925

Underground coal mine
Summary: A shuttle car operator was travelling in bye when he hit a pothole. The shuttle car door swung open, then closed on the operator’s foot causing a large laceration to his toe. It appears that the door was forced shut by a canch in the roadway next to the rib.
Comments to industry: The mine has identified that the shuttle car’s anti-slam pin, when raised and the door was shut, did not assist in retaining the door, as it was failing to drop into the designated hole. The mine has notified the OEM.
Mine operators should undertake an audit of the door mechanisms of their fleet to ensure they are operating as per specifications. In addition, a road maintenance program should be implemented that includes stopping and fixing deteriorating roads. 

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038944

Open cut coal mine
Summary: A blast was fired. One piece of flyrock, with an estimated weight of 2 kilograms, has landed adjacent to sentry two position. The sentry cone was positioned 510.6 metres from the blast and the rock landed at 511.0 metres and approximately 5 metres from the sentry vehicle.
Comments to industry: Mine operators should have systems in place that prevent designated blast holes from being overloaded. Consideration should be given to:
  • establish an inspecting and monitoring process to ensure overloaded holes are being identified and procedures are being followed
  • ensure quantity and quality of stemming is applied as per the site blast procedures. This should be reviewed and checked by the blast supervisor on site.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038956

Underground coal mine
Principal mining hazard: Mine shafts and winding systems
Summary: A drift winder has had an unplanned movement. Prior to the event, the DC winder motor had been serviced. The electrician entered the man car and intended to travel down the drift (initially in slow / creep speed), however, the man car moved up the drift and at high speed. The movement was stopped automatically by the safety PLC.
Comments to industry: Mines with winders must have a principal hazard management plan for mine shafts and winding systems. The plan must address control measures for risks associated with mine shafts and winding systems (clause 3, schedule 1 WHS (MPS) Regulation). In developing principal hazard management plans, mines must ensure components are changed out and replaced with like components.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038828

Open cut coal mine
Summary: A contract tyre fitter was in the process of installing a tyre when the tyre and rim components shifted horizontally and trapped the tyre fitter's fingers between the lock ring and bead seat band.  
Comments to industry: Mine operators should review their safety management systems for removing and fitting tyres. Mine operators should ensure that:
  • potential pinch points associated with the task are identified
  • appropriate controls are implemented to eliminate the potential of injury associated with pinch points when removing and fitting tyres
  • correct tooling is provided for the job.
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