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Weekly incident summary - week ending 21 August 2020
37 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038029

Underground metals mine
Summary: During shaft-lining operations, a winch cable snapped, resulting in a shotcrete hose-reeler moving about two metres and hitting the back of the shaft-lining rig.
Up to 700 kilograms was suspended from the shaft-lining rig at the time. The lining rig weighed about 12 tonnes and was on the ground near the shaft opening. The cable reeler weighed about two tonnes and was behind the lining rig.
Comments to industry: Winch ropes should be regularly inspected during all tasks. Triggers for rope replacement should be determined according to the task, the rating of the ropes and the risk associated with rope failure.
Mines must identify all risks associated with rope failure and implement controls to protect workers in the event of a failure, such as safe standing zones and remote operation.
Plant that has the potential to move under strain should be secured in position where possible.

Death | IncNot0038051

Underground coal mine
Summary: A worker was found unresponsive in a load haul dump machine (LHD) on the main travel road at an underground coal mine. Attempts to revive the worker were unsuccessful. The LHD was running at the time the worker was found.
Comments to industry: This incident is under investigation and the cause of death is unknown at the time of publication. Refer to incident at Springvale Mine.

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 18 August 2020, a 21-year-old labourer, who was employed at a mine, entered a cone crusher to remove a blockage in the material chute. While he was inside the crusher cone an amount of material flowed from the chute, engulfing his legs and lower torso. He was extricated by emergency services and flown to hospital. He died later the next day. An investigation into the incident is continuing. 

National (other, non-fatal)

Publication: DNRME (Qld)
Managing gas on open cut coal mines – Mines safety bulletin no.186
Coal mine workers at open cut sites are often not aware that flammable and toxic gases may be present and pose a significant risk during normal mining activities at open cut operations.

Publication: Queensland Mines Inspectorate (Coal)
Methane ignited by friction generated during rib bolting – Safety Alert No.375
During the installation of a steel rib bolt, frictional contact between the rotating steel bolt and a steel rib mesh strand generated enough heat to ignite methane that was present behind the plate at the installation point.
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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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