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Weekly incident summary - week ending 30 July 2021
32 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040362

Open cut coal mine
Principal mining hazard: Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A watercart collided with a haul truck while both vehicles were exiting a park up area. The haul truck was travelling along the exit road of the park up area when the watercart drove into the path of the haul truck. The operator stated that they had been distracted by an alarm. The front left corner of the water cart struck the front right tyre of the haul truck.
Comments to industry: Operators should remain focused on control of their vehicle and their surrounds and only respond to alarms and other functions when safe to do so.
Our recent campaign sought to bring to the attention of operators the risk of collisions involving heavy mining equipment. Refer to: Vehicle incidents – heading in the wrong direction.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040395

Open cut coal mine
Principal mining hazard: Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A water cart failed to negotiate a corner in a haul road and drove up a windrow, rolling onto its side. The operator was looking at the touch screen, to turn on the water pump and sprays, when he felt the truck climbing the windrow. He stopped the truck and was about to reverse when the truck rolled onto its side. The operator was uninjured and was able to exit the vehicle safely.
Comments to industry: Equipment operators must maintain situational awareness and remain vigilant regarding the risk of machine rollovers. This incident underpins the importance of wearing seatbelts as a mitigating control.

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 13 July 2021, a rock, falling from a pillar in a benched area at a room-and-pillar zinc mine, struck a miner. The miner was in a personnel lift basket near ground level to load blasting supplies. The rock fell from a height of approximately 40 feet, striking the basket.  

Publication: MSHA
Mine fatality –
On 21 July 2021, a miner received fatal injuries while adding a boom extension to a crane. The miner was working under the boom to remove the boom pins, when he was struck by the boom.
International (other non-fatal)

Publication: MinEx NZ
Rock falls from quarry face –
An excavator was digging a face on a bench when a large rock let go, falling out of the face. The rock had the potential to strike the stick of the excavator and, due to its size, had the potential to damage the machine. The face was inspected by the excavator operator and appeared stable, but due to a clay fissure behind the rock, as the clay dried and shrunk, the rock dislodged itself.
National (other non-fatal)

Publication: Safe work Australia
Preventing workplace sexual harassment –
Safe Work Australia has published four infographics to complement the sexual harassment guidance materials released earlier this year.
ISR21-30| Go to website


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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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