All the latest news in mine health and safety in NSW
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27 September 2018
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The regulator now has its own website –
Visitors looking for Resources Regulator content on the Resources and Geoscience website will be redirected to the new site. Please update any bookmarks you may have in your browsers.
We will continue to update and improve the website over the coming months. If you wish to provide any feedback there is a feedback form on the new site. 

Investigation report

The Resources Regulator has published an investigation report into the death of a worker at a mineral claim near Lightning Ridge.

This report details the investigation into the death of Mark Siegel at mineral claim 44507 near Lightning Ridge on 4 November 2016.
Download the full investigation report here

Annual activity report 2017-18

The information contained in this report is part of the regulator’s ongoing commitment to provide regular reports on its activities in order to:
  • ensure a consistent and responsive regulatory approach
  • to provide increased transparency and confidence in its compliance and enforcement activities
  • promote voluntary compliance by industry.
Download the annual activity report 2017-18 here

Safety bulletins

We have published the following safety bulletins this week:

Light vehicle motion control
The Resource Regulator recently became aware that light vehicle operators have been disabling design features such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS). Light vehicles that are required to travel on and off roads depend on these design features to assist drivers with vehicle motion control.
When driving on mine roads that may have a loose top surface additional care is required, particularly if the road has been watered for dust control or affected by rain.
Engineered systems such as ABS provide a high level of safety enhancement when a vehicle is operated on a typical road surface, sealed or unsealed and should not be disabled.
Safety bulletin - Light vehicles in mining operations
Preventing fires on mobile plant: responding to safety alerts
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of mobile plant regularly issue safety alerts and technical bulletins to customers. These alerts and bulletins may require immediate action to reduce the potential for fires, which could include rerouting hoses, fitting heat shields, upgrading equipment and updating maintenance procedures.
Mine operators may not have processes in place to implement recommendations from OEMs within the timeframe recommended in safety alerts and technical bulletins.
Safety bulletin - Preventing fires on mobile plant
Enforceable undertaking
An enforceable undertaking decision regarding Austral Brick Co Pty Ltd has been published on our website.
Click here to view enforceable undertakings
WHS undertaking
A WHS  undertaking decision regarding Mangoola Coal Operations Pty Ltd has been published on our website.
Click here to view WHS undertakings

Small mines health and safety roadshow

Next event: 3 October 2018, Merimbula (click here to register your interest)

We are holding health and safety roadshows across NSW. The roadshow will include information and instruction about principal hazard management plans, hazard control plans and reporting or notifying the regulator of safety incidents. It will also involve reflection upon recently accumulated data surrounding recent mine safety incidents.
Click here for roadshow dates, locations and to register your interest

2018 Electrical engineering safety seminar - Register today!

You're invited to our 28th annual Electrical Engineering Safety Seminar at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel on Wednesday and Thursday, 7 and 8 November 2018.

An early bird fee of $745.00 (plus GST) is available for the full seminar until midnight, Sunday 30 September.

The theme of the seminar this year will be ‘Electrical Engineering Safety - Back to Basics’. The seminar is an established and respected forum for electrical engineers in the mining industry and focuses on a wide-range of electrical engineering activities.

We invite all interested designers, manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, hirers and mine operators to attend. The seminar will bring together recognised and respected speakers to present a range of topics from all mining sectors, including coal, extractives and petroleum.

The seminar will provide opportunities for professional networking, collaboration, discussion and debate. Further information and a copy of the program is available here.

Venue details:
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel
61-101 Philip Street, Sydney

Book now to secure your seat!
Further contact info:
Resources Regulator | Phone: 1300 814 609

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516 High St
Maitland, New South Wales 2320

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