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Weekly incident summary
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Weekly incident summary - week ending 4 February 2022
37 reportable incidents, 4 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041499

Open cut coal
Summary: Three workers were in the process of removing the front wheel hub from a Komatsu 930E dump truck. The wheel hub fell to the ground after the tapered connection between the wheel hub and spindle was released. The hub, weighing about 4.8 tonnes, fell from the jack that was set up to support it. The workers narrowly avoid the falling hub. 
Comments to industry: Workers should ensure that components are adequately supported and secured to prevent unplanned movement during removal. The use of slings, support cradles or jigs appropriately rated for the suspended load, should be considered. Documented procedures providing step by step instructions for the task should be provided to workers. Supervisors should ensure that the approved procedures are followed.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041501

Open cut coal
Roads or other vehicle operating areas

 
Summary: A haul truck lost control on a wet and muddy area of a roadway and collided with a stationary haul truck. The truck had stopped due to the poor roadway conditions. The ground was wet due to a machine having been washed down in the area. 
Comments to industry: Vehicle collisions on mine sites continue to be a source of concern for the Resources Regulator. A recently published report shows that in relation to a high number of vehicle incidents in the surface coal sector:
  • documentation relating to controls for roads or other vehicle operating areas was not relevant, current, or readily available
  • active roads and intersections were not constructed to site standard or design guidelines.
Mine operators should:
  • have verification processes in place to measure compliance with site road design and construction procedures
  • ensure that supervision arrangements are adequate and area inspections are detailed enough to identify all the hazards.
All personnel who operate rubber-tyred, heavy mining equipment should be trained on driving techniques in wet conditions.
Refer to: Managing roads or other vehicle operating areas in the surface coal sector

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041512

Underground coal
 
Summary: While lifting a motor stator up to the motor room of a winder, the overhead motor room crane stopped when the load was about 10 metres from ground level. The crane brake failed to hold the load, causing the load to descend in an uncontrolled manner to the ground floor, landing on the transport frame. No-go zones were implemented for the task and nobody was injured.
Comments to industry: The cause of this incident is under investigation and further information may be published later. Incidents such as this serve as a reminder of the need to have no-go zones and/or safe standing zones in place where there is a possibility for energy release such as objects falling from a height.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041515

Coal preparation
Roads or other vehicle operating areas

 
Summary: An articulated dump truck collided with a conveyor support structure.
Comments to industry: Structures must be protected from impact with mobile plant. The extension of headboards and trays should be considered during the design of barriers and guides. Mobile plant operators must maintain situational awareness and remain vigilant to manage the risk of collisions.

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.
National (other, non-fatal)

Publication: Resources Health and Safety Queensland
QLD - RSHQ Guidance Note - Autonomous mobile machinery

RSHQ has released a guidance note to provide practical guidance to the mine operators and site senior executives (SSEs) of the requirements for safe introduction and use of autonomous mobile machinery and vehicles. It is designed to provide guidance on design, planning, change management, implementation and safe operation systems for mobile autonomous and semi-autonomous systems used in surface and underground coal mines. There is a focus on the identification of the unique risk profiles in relation to new or existing autonomous mining systems. The guidance should be followed if you have functions and responsibilities for planning, designing, implementing, and maintaining mobile autonomous mining systems.
Details
ISR22-05 | Go to the website

 

You can find all our guidance and incident related publications (that is, safety alerts, safety bulletins, incident information releases, weekly incident summaries and investigation reports) on our website: resourcesregulator.nsw.gov.au

*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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