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Weekly incident summary - week ending 24 July 2020
38 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0037797

Open cut coal
Principal mining hazard: roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A stemming truck ran over a detonator and booster during the loading of shot holes. The shotfirer in charge removed one level of IE/HE from the holes and placed them adjacent to the holes on the next path. After travelling the same path on five occasions that morning, the stemming truck operator has turned down the adjacent path. The operator did not see the detonator and booster on the ground and drove over it. No ignition of the explosives occurred.
Comments to industry: The traffic management plan for the shot floor should clearly identify travel routes so that trucks do not inadvertently drive along the incorrect path.
Drivers should know the travel routes before entering the shot floor. To aid the drivers, demarcation of usable tracks should be clearly identified by using visible cues such as cones or signage.
Mines should ensure effective supervision and auditing of compliance with documented traffic management plans.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0037817

Open cut coal
Principal mining hazard: roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A light vehicle towing a trailer loaded with a dingo, ran out of power while pulling the trailer up a steep section of road. The trailer and vehicle rolled backwards down the road and both overturned one and a half times. The driver was uninjured.
It appears the vehicle hubs were not engaged, and the operator was towing in 2-wheel high range.
Comments to industry: Mines should ensure that vehicles and trailers are fit-for-purpose when being used to transport a load. The suitability of the towing vehicle to handle the trailer mass and the trailer load should be assessed.
Mines should check that their ‘introduction to site’ process is being properly applied and ensure that vehicle operators are competent to use the vehicle for towing purposes.

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 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.

Publication: MSHA
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.
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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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