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Weekly incident summary - week ending 10 September 2021
37 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040643

Underground coal mine
Principal mining hazard: Ground or strata failure
Summary: A roof fall occurred in an underground coal mine. The fall was the full width of the roadway and extended 15 to 20 metres. The fall occurred as workers were in the crib room preparing to start work in the area where the fall occurred. Monitoring in the intersection showed 31 millimetres total displacement leading up to the fall. Initial investigations suggest it is a stress related roof fall.
Comments to industry: This incident is under investigation and further information may be published later. Underground mine operators should review the adequacy of their strata monitoring arrangements, and associated trigger action response plans (TARPs), to ensure that workers are not exposed to unacceptable risks associated with strata failure. Mine operators should ensure that any abnormal changes in the strata behaviour are considered as potential indicators of geological change and respond appropriately. Mine operators should ensure that the strata monitoring plan includes the timing for installation of strata monitoring devices, and required installation of the devices, in all high-risk areas, including intersections.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040675

Open cut coal mine
Principal mining hazard: Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A contractor was driving a light vehicle up a ramp when the sun affected their vision. The vehicle mounted a windrow and tipped onto the passenger side. The driver was wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured.
Comments to industry: Drivers must maintain focus on the task at hand. When visibility is affected, drivers should find a safe place to stop and address the issue, rather than continuing to drive on. Roadway and intersection designs must consider all environmental factors that could affect visibility, including sunlight and the location of fixed lighting.
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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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