Other publications of interest
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.
Working in proximity to belt conveyors – Safety Alert
There have been eight fatalities involving belt conveyors in the mining industry since 26 January 2017. Six involved miners working near moving conveyors, while two involved maintenance of an idle conveyor. All these fatalities could have been prevented with proper lock-out/tag-out and blocking against motion before working. The most recent fatality, involving a miner coming into contact with a moving conveyor, is under investigation.
International (other, non-fatal)
Publication: MinEx NZ
Worker falls off dozer
A mechanic was standing on the track of a dozer to remove the seat to access a hydraulic hose that had burst. The seat was very heavy and too much for one person to carry. The mechanic slipped and fell from the dozer track fracturing his shoulder.
Publication: DMIRS (WA)
Adequacy of windrows (bunds) for vehicle impact – Mines Safety Bulletin No. 179
Since January 2018, more than 180 interactions with windrows (or bunds) have been reported on Western Australian mine sites. These involved vehicles breaching windrows, with incidents resulting in injuries to workers and one fatality.
Publication: DMIRS (WA)
Manned loader falls into open stope – fatal accident
In July 2020, an operator was driving a load haul dump (LHD) in an underground mine when it fell over the edge of an open stope. The LHD fell approximately 25 metres and the operator sustained fatal injuries.
National (other, non-fatal)
Publication: QMI (Coal)
Structural failure: Overburden drill mast – Safety Alert #376
On 19 August 2020, a carousel wear plate, weighing about one kilogram, fell from a height of 12 metres from the drill mast and landed on the deck of the drill near the cab door. The mine inspectorate is aware that this is not an isolated incident, having raised safety alerts on similar incidents previously.
Publication: QMI (Coal)Continuous miner mounted rib protection systems – Safety Alert #377
On 27 July 2020, two coal mine workers suffered serious injuries from rib spall while working on a continuous miner in a development panel heading. The incident occurred as the workers were installing roof support and extending ventilation tubes. An inspection of the site revealed that the machine mounted rib protection system installed on the continuous miner did not provide an effective control for this hazard.
Publication: The National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP Australia)
DIDO and fatigue
The drive-in-drive-out (DIDO) lifestyle has its perks but comes with significant challenges. These challenges include, altered sleeping patterns, time spent commuting form home to the worksite, long, intense and frequent work shifts and isolation from family and friends. All these can contribute to an increased inability to cope, leaving many workers to deal with psychological and social problems.
Publication: Queensland Mineral Mines and Quarries Inspectorate
High Potential Incidents summary - July 2020