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Weekly incident summary - week ending 29 July 2022
49 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0042669

Open cut coal mine
Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A dump truck was queued, waiting to be loaded. The operator put the truck in neutral and began to get something from a bag. The truck started rolling forward. The truck rolled 10 m and collided with the dovetail of another truck. No-one was injured.
Comments to industry: Management plans and vehicle operating procedures invariably specify separation distances between mobile plant and require vehicles to be parked fundamentally stable. Vehicle operators must comply with correct queueing and park-up arrangements. Mine operators should consider installing interlocks or warning systems for park brakes on other mobile equipment.
Refer to:
Safety Bulletin SB13-02 Unplanned movements of vehicles - too many near misses

Dangerous incident | IncNot0042705

Construction materials
Summary: A worker was disassembling a hopper from a mobile crusher in a quarry. The worker removed one side and was removing the rear plate that was held in place by 5 bolts. The worker believed that the section would still be held in place by the 2 lower bolts. However, the worker failed to identify that the section was hinged. When the third bolt was removed, the section swung down, hitting the worker’s shoulder. The worker suffered soft tissue injuries and a suspected fractured vertebrae.
Comments to industry: Supervisors should ensure that workers have access to procedures before commencing tasks and ensure that they understand the risks and controls associated with that task. Workers have a legislative duty to care for their own health and safety and that of others (s28 Work Health and Safety Act 2011). One of the duties is to cooperate with any reasonable policy or procedure. Procedures are developed to help protect workers from injuries or illness. Where a procedure exists for a particular task, workers should follow the procedure. Any deviation from a procedure should first be discussed with a supervisor and appropriate risk control measures put in place.

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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.
National (other, non-fatal)
Resources Safety & Health Queensland
A 14 mm synthetic fibre rope failed when the breaking strain was exceeded during installation of a new conveyor belt. When the rope failed it whiplashed, striking a worker in the face. As a result of the accident, the worker had surgery to remove one of his eyes.

Resources Safety & Health Queensland
The Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate (PGI) conducted a noise health risk assessment across several drilling and completion plant and activities to determine a baseline for noise hazards. The principal health-related effect of noise exposure is hearing loss. Damage to hearing depends on the frequency, loudness and length of noise exposure. Noise induced hearing loss is painless, progressive, permanent and preventable. By controlling the noise within the lease, the benefit extends to environmental noise management e.g., improving landholder relations.

Resources Safety & Health Queensland
During routine servicing of a dozer, the machine was being relocated out of the workshop when the right-hand final drive locked up and subsequently failed, splitting the outer case. Two bolt heads sheared off (projectiles) from the outer casing of the final drive, travelling approximately 4.6 m, and impacting into a nearby toolbox. The machine locked as it began reversing and was unable to move forward or backwards. The operator jacked the machine up to see if it would rotate. During this attempt to move the track backwards, the right final-side drive casing split, ejecting the bolt heads. The technique to remove the plugs contributed to the incident. The plug was struck prior to being loosened and removed using an impact wrench.
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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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