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Weekly incident summary - week ending 28 August 2020
47 reportable incidents, 3 summarised below

Serious injury | IncNot0038079

Underground coal mine
Summary: A worker was hit on the leg while helping to remove a power pack from a longhole drill. The work group entered the area to remove the power pack, which was on a trailer. The regular access road was blocked, which led to the load haul dump vehicle (LHD) approaching from the opposite direction. The trailer needed to be rotated 180 degrees in the roadway to hook up the trailer. During the rotation of the trailer, an operator entered the no-go area and was hit on the leg.
Comments to industry: Workers have a responsibility to maintain safe work practices including following procedures for tasks. Workers should not enter designated no-go zones while they are in operation. Mine operators should ensure that workers are fully aware of no-go zones and that they communicate the requirement to adhere to work practices.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038085

Open cut coal mine
Principal mining hazard: Roads and other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A 30 tonne excavator conducting rehabilitation work was being walked backwards when one track rode up onto a rock pile, causing the excavator to overturn. The operator suffered a bump on the head.
Comments to industry: Equipment operators must maintain situational awareness and remain vigilant to manage the risk of machine rollovers. This includes familiarisation with the work area by visually identifying hazards before starting work.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038102

Open cut construction materials mine
Summary: A worker’s arm became caught in the tail pulley on the main drive of a screening plant belt. The worker removed a guard to view the belt tracking and put his hand in to remove a rock. The machine was at idle when the incident occurred.
Comments to industry: We have recently published an Investigation Information Release about a similar incident. Refer to: Worker’s arm injured in belt press filter.

Entanglement between moving parts is a foreseeable risk. Mine operators are reminded of their duty to identify hazards and manage risks to health and safety associated with the operation, maintenance and cleaning of plant.

Mine operators and workers must ensure that when guarding around plant is removed for maintenance or cleaning purposes, all energy sources are isolated.

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 29 July 2020, a miner was injured when his arm became entangled in a stacker conveyor belt. The miner was airlifted to a trauma centre, where he passed away a week later.

International (other, non-fatal)

Publication: MinEx NZ
Dump truck reverses into loader
A dump truck was reversing to tip its load over a tip head while a wheel loader was side-cutting material along the same face to create a windrow.
The dump truck entered the tip head in a clockwise direction and, while reversing, he hit the loader bucket with the rear right side of the dump truck tray. 
There were no radio communications between the dump truck driver and the loader driver before or during the incident. No-one was injured.

National (other, non-fatal)

Publication: ARTC (MinEx NZ)
Working from height risks – Ladder use

An experienced rigger was using a ladder to climb to the top of a culvert to attach four hooks to perform lifting activities. As the rigger was climbing down the ladder, it slipped, causing the rigger to ride the ladder to the ground. This had the potential to cause serious harm to the rigger, who suffered minor injuries.
Initial investigations identified a change occurred on site resulting in the rigger using a smaller ladder than used on the previous occasions. The smaller ladder was not secured, or footed, and resulted in reduced overhang at the top of the ladder and ability to be footed on stable ground.

Publication: ARTC (MinEx NZ)
Line of fire – Lifting operations

Two experienced and competent workers were undertaking a routine lifting operation using a hydraulic vehicle loading crane. A sudden release of energy resulted in the lifting hook hitting the dogman in the cheek. 
The dogman, who suffered serious injuries, was on the truck dogging the load and the crane operator was standing at ground level at the rear of the truck operating the crane.
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