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21 December 2018
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Fire erupts on fuel truck in coal mine

The Resources Regulator has issued an investigation information release following an incident on 24 November 2018 in which a fuel service truck caught fire at an open cut coal mine.

Onboard fire suppression systems on the truck were unable to extinguish the flames because of diesel fuel flowing from the diesel tank breather vent system on the top of the fuel tank onto an ignition source.

The vehicle operator escaped from the truck without injury.

The Resources Regulator conducted an investigation into the incident and identified several issues. To read the full report and recommendations, go to our website or download the full report below.

Investigation information release: Fire on fuel truck


Tyre falls from tyre handling forklift

A worker died at an open cut mine in the Hunter Valley when a deflated heavy service vehicle tyre fell from tyre handler grabs at the mine’s wash bay on 3 November 2018 during cleaning works. The Resources Regulator Investigation information release was published about the incident.

The Resources Regulator has today published a list of recommendations for mine operators using tyre handling forklifts.

To view the recommendations go to our website or download the full safety alert below.
Safety alert - Tyre falls from tyre handling forklift

Walkway collapse puts workers at risk

A worker fell from height and was injured after a platform walkway collapsed. The incident occurred on 3 October 2018.

The Resources Regulator has issued a safety alert following an investigation into this incident. 

A contract leading hand supervisor (heavy plant fitter) fell about four metres to the ground when a platform walkway pivoted at a junction after supporting bolts were undone during maintenance at a quarry.

The Resources Regulator has made recommendations to mine operations and provided additional information to related publications. Go to our website to read the report, or download a copy below.
Safety alert - Walkway collapse

Isolation issues identified at mines 

The Resources Regulator has issued several recommendations after inspectors identified issues with the implementation, use, and supervision of isolation systems used for the management of risk associated with plant and equipment at coal mines.

During planned inspection activities, inspectors observed activities including maintenance and repair activities of plant. Those maintenance activities require isolation of energy to some extent, whether for part of the plant or the entire plant. For large maintenance tasks, these isolations need to cover multiple workers and are often required to be in place over multiple shifts. This is usually managed through the use of permits.

Observations of the implementation and operation of the permit isolation systems have identified deficiencies at many of the operations where they are in use.

To read the full bulletin go to our website or download the pdf from the link below.
Safety bulletin - Isolation issues identified at coal mines
Further contact info:
Resources Regulator | Phone: 1300 814 609

Regional NSW, Resources Regulator
516 High St
Maitland, New South Wales 2320

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