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Weekly incident summary - week ending 28 January 2022
23 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041475

Open cut coal
Fire or explosion
Summary: A blast hole prematurely detonated while preparing for a shot. There were eight personnel on foot and an additional three within machinery on the pattern. The minimum distance between the hole and personnel was about 100 metres. The shot hole was loaded on the day of the incident and recorded at 34-degree Celsius. One hour after the hole was loaded with emulsion, it prematurely detonated.
Comments to industry: This incident is under investigation and further information may be published later. Mine operators must have procedures when loading hot and reactive ground. Procedures must include timeliness of loading and firing and the control of persons on the shot. Adequate supervision must be in place to ensure compliance to shot firing procedures. 

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041247

Underground metals
Summary: A Jumbo offsider suffered an electric shock while in contact with both the Jumbo and the rib mesh. The offsider suffered the shock when the electrical supply to the machine was restored after moving the Jumbo forward. 
Comments to industry: The electrical engineering control plan for a mine must set out the control measures to manage risks to health and safety from electricity at each mine. When developing the control plan all sources of electrical sources need to be considered including induced and static charge.
Refer to Safety Bulletin SB20-03 Electric shocks in the mining industry

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.
National (other, non-fatal)

Publication: DMIRS (WA)
Damaged excavator recoil spring fragment became projectile – Significant Incident Report #289

In February 2021, a damaged recoil spring assembly for an excavator had been removed from the track arrangement and stored outside a heavy mobile plant workshop. The following morning, a fragment of the spring separated while under compression and travelled approximately 28 metres across the yard and through a workshop wall, coming to rest in a walkway beside a workbench.

Publication: DMIRS (WA)
Company fined after worker was seriously injured

BHP Iron Ore Pty Ltd was fined $125,000 after a contractor suffered a lacerated artery from being struck in the neck by a metal shard in September 2017.

Publication: Resources Safety and Health, Queensland (Coal)
Managing exposure to heat in surface coal mines and surface areas of underground coal mines – Guidance note QGN32

The purpose of this guidance note is to provide practical guidance to coal mine operators, employers and employees about how to manage heat exposure at open cut coal mines and on surface areas of underground coal mines, in order to prevent heat-related illness.
ISR22-04 | Go to the 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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