Weekly incident summary

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Week ending 30 May 2018

Reportable incidents total: 38
Summarised incidents: 7

Incidents of note for which operators should consider the comments provided and determine if action needs to be taken.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00854

SummaryAn operator on a continuous miner had his arm trapped between the rib protection and a rib bolter. A piece of rib 0.5 metre wide by 2.8 metre high slumped down under the bolting platform. The platform then pivoted, jamming his left forearm. Several other workers had to free his arm.
Recommendations to industry: Workers should constantly monitor strata conditions to identify areas that pose a risk. Mines should review how work platforms and walkways on machines are retained and secured to minimise the risk of platforms pivoting and injuring workers.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00837

SummaryA watercart hit a fixed structure. The watercart reversed into position and as the operator was leaving the cab, the truck rolled backwards about one metre and hit the fixed plant.

Recommendations to industry: Park-up procedures should be document and supervisors should monitor compliance. In areas where routine parking is required, engineered controls should be in place to control the risk of unintended movements of vehicles or for vehicles to contact structures.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00829

Summary:Packaging from a black powder product was found smouldering in the extraction drive by the shotfirer and his assistant. Four cartridges were found in this state. The root cause of packaging being found in the drive was due to the rifling of the cartridge due to incorrect drill hole dimensions.
Recommendations to industry: When carrying out any drilling the correct drill size must be identified and used.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00822

SummaryA coal burst occurred during longwall mining.  Ejected coal was found in the walkway of the longwall.  Face pressure was lost.

Recommendations to industry: The Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 has been updated to include coal burst at a mine as a dangerous incident.
Coal burst should be included in the mine’s principal hazard management plan for strata for both longwall and development or considered as a stand-alone principal hazard management plan.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00816

SummaryCoal and gas was ejected from the rib from the vicinity of a borehole. The power to the miner was tripped by the methanometer. There were three operators at the miner at the time of the incident. One operator suffered bruising and abrasions when he fell while clearing the area. The scene was preserved immediately however was later disturbed by mine workers.

Recommendations to industry: When scene preservation is required the mine must take all necessary steps to prevent people from disturbing the scene. This may include placing sentries. Section 17 of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013 allows for treatment of injured workers, activity to make an area safe and actions directed by an inspector irrespective of any non-disturbance requirements.
Mines should have in place systems of work for mining in proximity of boreholes.

Serious injury | SinNot 2018/00815

SummaryAn operator suffered a fractured toe and lacerations requiring stitches when a drill steel crushed his foot. The operator was installing a cable bolt. The third drill rod extension was being installed when the timber jack was lowered, punching the drill steel through his boot and injuring his foot.
Recommendations to industry: Tools and equipment should have designated secure storage areas incorporated in the work area. Supervisors should routinely monitor worker compliance with routine storage and housekeeping requirements.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00805

SummaryA worker reported receiving a suspected electric shock when he turned on a light switch in a control room. The worker was managed in accordance with site’s electric shock procedures. It was identified the switch was an aged unit that did not have a mechanism rated for fluorescent lighting.
Recommendations to industry: The electrical engineering control plan for a mine must take into account the reliability of electrical safeguards used at the site to protect persons from electrical hazards, and the rating and design of plant for prospective loads and operating voltages.


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

Recent Resources Regulator publications

Other safety publications of note

Date received Publication Topic/s and suggestions
28/05/2108 MinEx newsletter (May)
  • A guide to worker health in the extractives industry available on website
29/05/2018 Worksafe NZ
  • There have been two recent incidents involving remote control unit failure in mining and quarrying operations that WorkSafe wishes to bring to the attention of the sector. There was no harm caused in either occasion but the potential is high for injuries should recommended steps below not be followed.
29/05/2018 HSE
  • A construction company has been fined after a tipper vehicle driven by one of its employees came into contact with overhead power lines during the construction of a waste transfer station. There have been similar incidents in NSW.
Company fined more than 500k following overhead power lines incident.
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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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