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.
On 9 July, 2020, a mine superintendent was electrocuted while attempting to reverse the polarity of a 4,160-VAC circuit by switching the leads inside an energised 4,160-VAC enclosure that contained a vacuum circuit breaker and disconnect.
Fatality – Final report
On 2 May, 2020, a 56-year-old front-end loader operator with over eight years of total mining experience, died when he was engulfed by material inside the number one hopper at a sand and gravel mine. The worker entered the hopper to clear a blockage caused by material in the hopper. Once inside, a large amount of material dislodged, engulfing the worker.
International (other, non-fatal)
Publication: MinEx NZ
Severe weather events
Recent heavy rain has caused ground instability, including washouts and slips over the North Island and Gisborne areas.
Such weather and saturated ground inevitably impacts on many mine and quarry sites, making haul roads slippery and stockpiles and benches potentially unstable.