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Weekly incident summary - week ending 9 July 2021
18 reportable incidents, 1 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040269

Surface mine
Summary: A watercart passed through the site wheel wash enclosure and travelled down a sealed asphalt ramp towards the weigh bridge. The watercart was spraying the ramp to remove a build up of dirt and silt that had dropped from vehicles using the ramp. The operator lost control of the watercart and tried to brake and steer it into the bank, but couldn’t stop. It then collided with a truck and dog trailer waiting on the weighbridge. The operator had mistakenly assumed the truck was in the process of exiting the weighbridge when he began his descent. The traffic control lights for the ramp were inoperable at the time. There were no injuries.
Comments to industry: Mine operators should ensure traffic control devices are working as per design. Vehicle operators should always seek positive communication and should never assume the movement of another vehicle. Operators are reminded to always drive to conditions.

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International (fatal)

Publication: MSHA
Mine fatalities
- On 9 June 2021, two mine workers were fatally injured when a locomotive collided with the personnel carrier in which they were riding. 
Publication: Marine Safety Forum
Danger of older/damaged extinguishers - Fatality

A worker discharged a corroded handheld cartridge-type, dry chemical powder fire extinguisher, which had been condemned during an annual third-party inspection. When the internal carbon dioxide cylinder was activated to energise the fire extinguisher, the unit ruptured at the corroded base, exploded, and struck the worker, causing critical head injuries.
Publication: MinEx NZ
Quarry fatality – Rockfall

Falls of ground/rock are a major cause of fatalities in the extractives sector, both in New Zealand and internationally. A worker was fatally injured when a rock fell onto an excavator during its operation. The precise details have not yet been released and are still under investigation.
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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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