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Weekly incident summary - week ending 25 September 2020
49 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038297

Metals exploration
Principal mining hazard: Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: An exploration drill rig contacted with energized 22kV overhead power lines while travelling across a paddock on an exploration site. One of the three power lines broke and dropped to the ground. The operator dismounted the drill rig without suffering any injuries or electric shock.
Comments to industry: Work activities in remote areas can pose additional hazards and constraints on available risk control measures. However, this does not justify failure to control the risks. Refer to the Safety Alert published for this incident: SA20-08 Drill rig contacts 22kV power line
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Dangerous incident | IncNot0038309

Underground coal mine
Principal mining hazard: Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A 14-tonne excavator contacted 415v overhead power lines whilst tramming over uneven ground. When the excavator bucket contacted the ground, the operator lifted the boom and continued tramming. The excavator body rocked, and the boom contacted the power lines, pulling two conductors to the ground.

The excavator operator was uninjured.

Comments to industry: If work on a mine site involves daily movement of machinery with the ability to reach powerlines, consideration should be given to the relocation of the lines or determining alternate routes to eliminate the risk of electric shock.
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NSW Resources Regulator publications

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.

International (fatal)

Publication: MSHA
Mine fatality
On 1 September 2020, a mine worker died when he fell while attempting to close a hatch on the top of a bulk material trailer. The miner was wearing a fall protection harness, but his lanyard was not attached to a secure anchor pointe.

National (other, non-fatal)

Publication: DMIRS (WA)
Safe storage and transport of ammonium nitrate (AN) – Short guide
Western Australia’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has recently released a pamphlet relating to the safe storage and transporting of Ammonium Nitrate.

Publication: Transport for NSW (Gov)
Concrete pumping – Safety alert
Several recent concrete pumping incidents have highlighted the risks involved with the use of concrete pumps (line or boom) used to deliver pre-mixed concrete. Most incidents involved injuries or near misses from concrete line blockages, which created the build-up of pressure within the system, resulting in equipment failure or the uncontrolled movement of delivery hoses and pipes.
ISR20-39 | Go to website


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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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