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Weekly incident summary - week ending 13 May 2022
22 reportable incidents, 3 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0042136

Open cut coal mine
Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A haul truck operator was reversing at an angle into a corner to tip its load when the right side rear wheels pushed through a windrow, causing the truck to bottom out on the windrow. The driver safely exited the truck. 
Comments to industry: Mine operators should review their tipping procedures and consider controls such as tipping short in corners, using a spotter in similar circumstances and training/competency/experience of operators.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0042141

Coal processing plant
Ground or strata failure 
Summary: A wheel loader was creating a ramp on a stockpile when the loader drove over a soft area and a rear wheel sank. The operator safely exited the loader. 
Comments to industry: When working on grades and slopes, operators must be cautious when raising implements, such as buckets, and when articulating. When planning tasks, the equipment to be used should be fit for purpose considering the operating environment and task requirements. 

Dangerous incident | IncNot0042164

Construction materials
Summary: An excavator made contact with an under-slung earth wire on a three-phase aerial supply. The excavator applied tension to the earth wire causing the phase conductors to clash, arc and trip. The earth wire snapped. 
Comments to industry: When developing roads or other vehicle operating areas, the potential for interaction between mobile plant and fixed structures, such as overhead power lines, must be assessed. Controls must be put in place considering the hierarchy of controls in accordance with Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 clause 36 Hierarchy of control measures
Refer to: 
Safety bulletin: SB15-05 Plant contacting overhead powerlines and structures

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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)
Resources Safety and Health Qld
A near miss occurred when a coal mine worker was operating a DK90 rotary blasthole drill rig during a night shift. When relocating to the next hole position, the trainee operator trammed the rig onto the highwall edge protection berm. By the time the operator stopped tramming, the nose of the tracks had reached the top of the berm and the operator's cab was likely suspended past the edge of the highwall. Key issues identified were that the rig was directly perpendicular on its approach to the highwall berm without considering the edge of the berm, and that the shape and material of the highwall berm allowed the tracks to readily climb through it.
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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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