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Weekly incident summary - week ending 24 June 2022
20 reportable incidents, 3 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0042420

Underground metals mine
Fire or explosion
Summary: A shotcrete crew was setting up underground when a glow was noticed under the shotcrete unit. On inspection, small flames were seen. The flames were extinguished with a hand-held extinguisher. The incident appears to have been caused by high resistance at a corroded DIN connector on the solenoid coil.
Comments to industry: Mine operators must develop and adhere to inspection and maintenance standards to ensure plant is fit for purpose. Electrical components should be inspected, tested, and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0042423

Underground metals mine
Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A worker was driving a loaded haul truck up a decline at the end of night shift. The worker fell asleep and the truck hit the decline wall.
Comments to industry: Workers must present to work fit for duty. This involves having suitable sleep before starting a night shift. Mine operators are reminded of their obligations under the health control plan to ensure control measures have been identified and implemented to ensure workers are fit to carry out work and minimise the risk that workers could be impaired by fatigue.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0042438

Construction materials
Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A worker was blending material using a wheel loader when the loader tipped. The worker articulated the loader with a raise bucket of material to be square to the stockpile and as the front wheels rode up the stockpile, it rolled.
Comments to industry: When operating articulated machines workers must remain vigilant to the risk of rolling over. Articulating on grades, raised buckets and attachments and hazards such as holes increase the risk of rolling over. 

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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)
NZ MinEx
An excavator was tramming along a haul road when the boom of the excavator made contact with an energised 11kVA overhead powerline. The operator noticed an electrical arc above the cab and reversed from the powerline. One phase of the powerline was severed and dropped to the ground in a couple of locations, causing a small grass fire.
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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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