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Weekly incident summary - week ending 3 Juney 2022
43 reportable incidents, 3 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0042265

Underground coal mine
Fire or explosion
Summary: A flame was observed on a flat return roller at the jib of a longwall drivehead and was extinguished immediately. The high reliability flat return roller was found to have an extra 30 mm of shims in the adjustment bracket that increased the load on the roller leading to a premature bearing failure.
Comments to industry: Workers must be provided with suitable information to install infrastructure to meet the engineered design. Workers must follow this information to ensure the safe installation of fixed plant. Workers conducting conveyor inspections must be aware of the increased risk of roller failure at high tension areas of conveyors.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0042266

Underground metals mine
Summary: A fitter was working on a truck while the cab was tilted forward. While working, the fitter bumped the stay, allowing the cab to fall on him. Another worker helped free the fitter from under the cab. The fitter was not injured.
Comments to industry: When working under a tilted cab or tray, the support stay must be secured to protect workers from being trapped, pinned or crushed. Stays require a two-step action to ensure they are adequately protected from inadvertent release.
Refer to:
Investigation Information Release IIR21-01 Worker pinned by falling loader cab

High potential incident | IncNot0042297

Underground coal mine
Fire or explosion

Summary: A deputy found a worker using a battery-powered reciprocating saw in a hazardous zone. The deputy immediately removed the saw and battery from the hazardous zone.
Comments to industry: Mine operators must have systems in place to manage portable electrical apparatus used in underground coal mines. Only workers that have been trained and assessed as competent in the management, control and use of portable electrical apparatus should be permitted to use this equipment in the underground parts of a coal mine. For use in a hazardous zone, a task specific risk assessment should be undertaken to determine the appropriate type of tool that can be used safely.

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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.
National (other, non-fatal)
Resources Safety and Health Queensland
An incident occurred in an underground mine when a worker exited a light vehicle to open a barricade into a mobile equipment operating area. After exiting the vehicle, it rolled backwards, striking the worker with the open door and continued to travel down the decline for approximately 100 m. The vehicle came to rest after striking the decline wall with the tray. The worker sustained injuries as a result of the incident.
ISR22-22 | Go to the website


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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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