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Safety alert SA20-05

Worker sucked into auxiliary fan ventilation tube

Issue: A worker at a coal mine in the NSW southern coalfields was installing an auxiliary fan ventilation tube when he was sucked into the end of the tube. Due to the pressure around his neck, the worker briefly lost consciousness. First aid was administered and the worker was transported to the mine surface, and then to the hospital where he was monitored and treated for abrasions and bruising.
Read the full safety alert (SA20-05)

Public consultation period closing soon!

The public consultation period for the Review of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Laws commenced on 1 March 2020 and will close next Friday, 1 May 2020.

Further information regarding your involvement, access to the discussion paper and instructions on how to make a submission are available on our website. Updates will be published on our website and via Mine Safety News.

Online forum video now available

Led by independent reviewer, Mr Kym Bills, this recently published video is a recording of the public consultation held online on 7 April 2020. Click here to watch the video.

If you have any questions about the statutory review, please contact the Manager Regulatory Policy via email or call 1300 814 609.

Further information on the review of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Laws

Incident at Mount Arthur Mine

On 13 April 2020, a haul truck at Mount Arthur Mine was reversing into a dump corner when the edge of the dump appears to have collapsed. The truck ended up on a 45-degree angle over the edge of the dump. Our inspectors have commenced an investigation.

Further information will be provided in our Weekly incident summary publication.
View the news alert, published 14 April 2020

Learning from disasters update

Our Learning from disasters interactive timeline has recently been updated with a new case study on Lithgow Valley Colliery, NSW, where two separate accidents in February and April 1886 killed eight men, leaving five women without husbands and 15 children and young people without fathers.

Learning from experience, preventing devastating reoccurrences and improving the health and safety of all those working in the mining industry is a profound way to acknowledge and recognise all those affected by mining incidents throughout history.

View the 1886 - Lithgow Valley Colliery case study
Further information on our Learning from disasters training package

COVID-19 Health and Safety Management Assessment Checklist

The Institute of Quarrying Australia has recently published a COVID-19 Health and Safety Management Assessment Checklist. The checklist is designed to assist mine sites with conducting site specific risk assessments while implementing Government recommendations and procedures regarding COVID-19.
IQA COVID-19 Health and Safety Management Plan Assessment Checklist
Further COVID-19 resources available on our website
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