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 (other, non-fatal)
Publication: Health and Safety Executive (UK)
Failure to detect dangerous gas/vapour due to incorrect specification of sample tube
In a recent incident, a gas detector failed to detect the presence of flammable vapour. Hot work proceeded in the belief that there was no flammable vapour present. The subsequent explosion resulted in a fatal injury.
Gas detection may be used in support of a risk assessment associated with, for example, hot work or confined space entry. It is important that the gas detection system used is suitable for the intended purpose and gives a sufficiently accurate and reliable indication of the presence of the hazardous material.
Publication: MinEx NZ
Near miss – Failure to lockout (isolate)
A supervisor was exposed to unguarded nip points (while plant was running) and failed to secure himself as he climbed (working at height) to inspect the plant breakdown. The incident occurred when a supervisor attempted to observe the source of a bearing failure on a conveyor head drum.
National (other, non-fatal)
Publication: Queensland Coal Mines Inspectorate
Tailgate infrastructure contributes to longwall Methane exceedance – Safety Alert #379
Power to a longwall face was tripped by an automatic methane sensor located at the tailgate. The responsible ERZC (deputy) conducted an inspection to identify the source of the methane. During the inspection in the area of the tailgate shields, the ERZC detected greater than 2.5% of methane.