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Weekly incident summary - week ending 22 October 2021
35 reportable incidents, 1 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040916

Construction materials
Summary: A worker at a sand mine was cleaning excessive build-up on the tail roller of an operating conveyor. While using a small scraper to clean the build-up off, the worker’s hand got pulled into the roller by the conveyor belt. It was common practice in this workplace to go into the guarded area and clean the tail roller without isolating the conveyor.
Comments to industry: Under no circumstances should workers enter a guarded area without implementing isolation procedures. Mine operators should review the adequacy of their guarding and isolation arrangements, to protect workers from the risk of entanglement with operating plant. Guidance on guarding requirements can be found in Australian Standard AS/NZ 4024 Safety of Machinery.

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International (fatal)

Publication: MSHA
Mine fatality – On 1 October 2021, a 25 year old miner was fatally injured when he entered a surge bin, used as a feed hopper, and was engulfed by material.
International (other, non-fatal)

Publication: MinEx New Zealand
Broken link arm on loader
A loader was lifting blocks and stacking them to one side ready to load onto a transporter. As the blocks were lowered onto the ground, the end of the link arm broke off. The broken end of the link arm projected into the air before it landed on the ground 9 metres away from the loader.
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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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