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Weekly incident summary - week ending 21 May 2021
37 reportable incidents, 3 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0039897

Open cut coal mine
Principal mining hazard: Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A light vehicle took evasive action to avoid a collision with a haul truck at an intersection. The light vehicle was travelling on the main haul road approaching an intersection when the haul truck turned right, into the path of the light vehicle. The light vehicle driver failed to slow down in accordance with the vehicle hierarchy road rules.
Comments to industry: Inattention and distraction whilst driving can have fatal consequences. Drivers must remain vigilant and not be distracted by conversation with passengers. Principal hazard management plans for roads or other vehicle operating areas should consider all factors that may affect operator concentration. Collision detection and avoidance systems, visual aids and segregation should be implemented before relying on procedural controls.

Dangerous incident| IncNot0039908

Underground coal mine
Principal mining hazard: Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A passenger in an underground personnel transporter required surgery following a serious laceration to his upper arm and a broken humerus bone. The passenger’s arm caught against a piece of plant when the vehicle was driven into a cut-through.
Comments to industry: This incident is under investigation and further information may be published later.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0039909

Open cut coal mine
Principal mining hazard: Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: Both sets of rear wheels on a dump truck dropped approximately one metre when the edge of the dump slumped while the operator was tipping a load.
Comments to industry: When designing a dump, ground stability should be a primary consideration. Material consistency, wet conditions and dipping ground stability should be considered. Inspections should verify dump integrity. Areas that do not meet the standard should be demarcated, communicated and remediated to meet the standard.

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 22 January 2021, a shuttle car operator with 11 years of mining experience was in the operator’s compartment of his shuttle car, traveling through the last open crosscut, when a second shuttle car travelled through a ventilation curtain and struck his shuttle car. The corner of the second shuttle car entered the operator’s deck of the victim’s shuttle car. The operator was injured and passed away from the injuries on 21 February 2021.
National (other, non-fatal)

Publication: Resources Safety and Health Queensland (Coal)
High Potential Incident Summary – March Periodical

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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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