Weekly incident summary

21 September 2018 | ISR18-35/ISR18-36 | Go to website
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Week ending 12 & 19 September 2018
High level summary of emerging trends and our recommendations to operators.

Reportable incidents total: 31 & 38
Summarised incidents: 4 & 4

This incident summary provides information on reportable incidents and safety advice for the NSW mining industry.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/01478

Summary: Two workers were trapped when a winder malfunctioned. The mine initiated an emergency recovery in accordance with their emergency management plan. The workers were rescued eight hours later.

Recommendations to industry: A causal investigation is underway. Rescue of workers from a winder must be included as part of the emergency response plan for mines with winders.

High potential incident | SinNot 2018/01474

SummaryA gas exceedance occurred in a development panel when gas levels reached 2.5%.
Recommendations to industry: When mining in geologically disturbed areas, further controls and a heightened awareness of increasing gas make needs to be considered. Sources of increased gas make include floor breaking, proximity of gas drainage holes and geological structure intersection. Controls considered should include borehole management, increasing ventilation and the use of venturis.

Serious incident | SinNot 2018/01446

SummaryA worker suffered a broken ankle after falling. The worker was standing on the edge of a conveyor belt after adjusting an item hanging from the conveyor, before slipping to the centre of the conveyor belt.

Recommendations to industry: For planned and routine tasks requiring workers to access points beyond their reach, suitable access methods should be arranged. The risk of slipping on wet conveyor belting is easily foreseeable.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/01433

SummaryWhile driving up a decline at an underground metalliferous mine, a light vehicle began revving heavily. The operator released the accelerator and attempted to shut the vehicle down but it continued to rev hard. Flames were seen coming from the front driver’s side wheel arch. The driver activated the vehicle’s fire suppression system and rolled the vehicle off the decline. Once stopped, the operator lifted the bonnet and used a hand-held fire extinguisher to put out a flame in the engine bay. An inspection identified a failed turbo and catastrophic engine failure.

Recommendations to industry: Light vehicles must be included when assessing the risk of fires on mobile plant. Component failure where oil can become an uncontrolled fuel source for the engine (such as a turbo failure), should be considered when developing maintenance schedules.

Serious injury | SinNot 2018/01518

SummaryTwo workers were conducting surface environmental monitoring in a remote location when one worker slipped over and broke his ankle. The worker was evacuated by helicopter for treatment.

Recommendations to industry: Mine emergency plans and procedures must include response requirements for workers in remote areas.  This must include communication methods, immediate response and evacuation of injured workers.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/01509

SummaryA loader hit a light vehicle in an underground metalliferous mine. The loader was tramming towards a workshop and up an incline when it hit the vehicle, which was parked and being washed down by a worker.

Recommendations to industry: When dealing with the risk of a collision involving mobile plant, the hierarchy of controls should be followed.  Systems such as collision detection and avoidance systems, visual aids and segregation should be implemented before relying on procedural controls.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/01507

SummaryAn inner rear tyre failure occurred ejecting several large pieces of rubber (up to 11 kg) up to 200 metres from a truck.

Recommendations to industry: Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 clause 179 Dangerous incidents (a) (iv)  an uncontrolled escape of a pressurised substance is applicable to tyre failures and must be reported immediately to the Central Assessment Unit (CAU).

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/01486

SummaryA contract electrician had isolated a circuit at a main control panel and he was in the process of replacing a J box. During assembly the electrician touched the earth wire and felt a ‘buzz' in his fingers.

Recommendations to industry: When isolating, the risk of induction induced energy must be considered.

Number of incident notifications, by commencement month and incident type​ 

Other publications of note

Publication Issue / Topic
International (other, non-fatal)
MinEx NZ
  • Worker injures hand when material falls on it
  • In order to conduct maintenance, a worker needed to remove guards from the tail drum of a conveyor. There was a lot of spillage built up inside the guard. As the worker removed the second guard all the weight of the spillage material rested on the last bolt to be removed. The worker put his arm underneath the guard to unscrew the bolt using a rattle gun when the bolt came out and the guard dropped on top of his right hand. His hand became swollen and first aid treatment was administered immediately.
  • Details
MSHA in MinEx NZ
  • Miner injured on belt conveyor
  • On July 9, 2018, a miner was injured when the belt conveyor he was standing on unexpectedly moved.  The miner was standing on the conveyor to repair the crushing plant engine. After being repaired the engine was started, activating belt conveyor movement. The miner was knocked down and conveyed feet-first up to the head pulley.  He was then discharged into a feed hopper, six feet below.  The miner was able to get to his feet and cling to the inside of the hopper wall’s edge.  Other miners heard screams for help, shut down the engine and rescued the injured miner from the hopper.
  • Details
MinEx NZ
  • Another ADT body rolls onto its side
  • While reversing to tip his load on a stockpile, the driver of an ADT was partially blinded by sunlight and reversed up onto the edge of the stockpile. This made the loaded body unstable and it tipped onto its side.
  • Details
National (fatal)
Qld DNRME in MinEx NZ
  • Fatality involving an articulated dump truck
  • On Sunday 29 July the operator of an articulated dump truck was working at a quarry with his last load of the day. Moving fully loaded down the access ramp, it appears he lost control of the vehicle. At the bottom of the ramp the vehicle overturned, partially pinning the operator under the cab. He later succumbed to his injuries.
  • Details
WorkCover Qld in MinEx NZ
  • Operator thrown and killed in bulldozer rollover
  • In August 2018, a bulldozer operator from Julatten was killed while clearing foliage. It appears the dozer drove onto a log, causing the tracks to lose friction, and it rolled onto a steep slope, throwing him from the cage. Investigations are continuing.
Publication Issue / Topic
National (fatal)
WA Dept of Mines Fatal accident – a haul truck operator loses control descending ramp on haul road
  • The truck exceeded the speed at which the electric braking system could stop it.
  • The service or mechanical brake was not engaged for an emergency stop.
WorkSafe NZ
  • Multiple crane failures lead to death and injury
  • A man in his late 40s died, a man in his 20s sustained life-threatening injuries and a third man sustained non-life-threatening injuries when a kibble containing concrete fell from a Raimondi hammerhead tower crane and struck three workers, shortly after noon on Thursday.
  • Details
National (other, non-fatal)
  • GSN0161 Underground roof supports
  • The purpose of this Safety Notice is to advise customers of the potential for stress corrosion cracking (SCC) to compromise the hydraulic integrity of leg pilot operated check valves (POCVs) on Joy Powered Roof Supports (PRSs) operating in environments that contain ammonia or associated chemical amines.
  • High potential near miss (SHEQ alert 17)
  • A high potential near miss event occurred when an electrician installing a pump VSD, inserted a bolt into a mounting plate contacting one of the 415v bus bars (at the back of the switchboard), causing a short to earth from the bus bar to the switchboard cabinet, tripping a breaker and disconnecting power to the Inlet Works Switch room.
Hunter Water
  • Fall from height incident – Accessing confined spaces (Safety Alert 127)
  • On 4 September 2018, a worker was entering a confined space to undertake pump removal from a dry well. As the worker proceeded down the ladder into the dry well, his foot slipped from the rung and he fell into the confined space – a fall of approximately 1.3 metres. The worker has broken and dislocated his ankle on impact.
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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 Annual Performance Measures Reports.
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