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Weekly incident summary - week ending 2 October 2020
31 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038360

Open cut coal mine
Principal mining hazard: Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A haul truck and a light vehicle had a near miss at an open cut coal mine. The empty haul truck approached a corner where a grader was working on the inside of the curve. The haul truck moved to the wrong side of the road to pass the grader and did not see any approaching vehicles. Both operators saw each other in time to stop their vehicles and avoid a collision.
Comments to industry: The risk of collision when vision is restricted is well documented and reasonably foreseeable. Windrows should be constructed and maintained at heights that maximise visibility for all road users and maintain the effective delineation of roadways.
Mines should review procedures and warning systems when road maintenance is being undertaken and when part of the road has been closed. When visibility is restricted, vehicle operators should only proceed when they are satisfied the roadway is clear.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038356

Underground coal mine
Summary: A continuous miner operator was sprayed with hydraulic oil from a damaged hose on a roof bolt hose pack. It appears the hose pack return hose was damaged by a piece of coal as the roof bolter head extended.
Comments to industry: Mines should ensure all employees working around equipment with high-pressure hydraulic systems are fully aware of the dangers of fluid injections entering the body and the damage they can cause.
Cut out distances need to be reviewed and changed in different geological conditions in order to minimise the accumulation of stone in the working area. Excessive build-up of material around hoses should be avoided, inspected and cleaned prior to operating bolting rigs. Operators need to maintain situational awareness in relation to hoses contacting sharp edges.

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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.

International (fatal)

Publication: MSHA
Mine fatality
On 26 August 2020, two miners were preparing a mobile track mounted jaw crusher for shipping off-site. The crusher was missing the upper wrist pin from the hydraulic cylinder that raises and lowers the right hopper extension. The right hopper extension was secured in place by wedges. The victim was removing wedges when the extension fell, crushing the victim.

Publication: MSHA
Mine fatality
On 21 May 2020, two miners were working to hoist an electric motor from its base by anchoring a hoist to an overhead, unsecured steel pipe. The steel pipe slid out of place and struck one of the miners in the head and back. The miner died on May 23, 2020, due to complications from his injuries.

Publication: MSHA
Mine fatality
On 16 September 2020, a truck driver attempted to adjust the brakes on his tri-axle truck while the engine was running, the automatic transmission was in drive and the parking brake was not set. The truck moved forward and fatally injured the victim.

National (other, non-fatal)

Publication: Queensland Coal Mines Inspectorate
Uncontrolled truck movement due to brake fade – Safety Alert #380
A service truck was travelling down a ramp. At the top of the ramp the service truck was placed in second gear to control the speed of travel down the ramp. The service truck operator then applied the brakes to further slowdown the vehicle. The brakes became ineffective and didn’t apply braking force to slow the vehicle. The service truck operator steered the truck into a pile of material to stop the truck movement.

Publication: Queensland Coal Mines Inspectorate
FRAS related equipment not compliant with testing requirements – Safety Alert #381
Recent testing in relation to FRAS rated products has established that two FRAS rated products have failed to meet the fire resistance and/or electrical resistance standards.

Publication: Queensland Coal Mines Inspectorate
August 2020 Incident 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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