Weekly incident summary

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Week ending 23 May 2018

Reportable incidents total: 62
Summarised incidents: 9

Incidents of note for which operators should consider the comments provided and determine if action needs to be taken.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00801

SummaryA dog trailer rolled over while tipping gravel on site. As the truck moved forward, the trailer wheels went over soft ground and the trailer rolled onto its right-hand side.

Recommendations to industry: Areas where vehicles are raising a load should be monitored for hazards such as cross grades, uneven ground, soft points and foreign materials.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00738

SummaryA continuous miner driver was hit in the back and knocked over by rib spall. He was found by another operator. Poor ribs had been identified but had not been barred down.

Recommendations to industry: When poor strata is identified, corrective actions should be taken in accordance with procedures and mine’s trigger action response plan (TARP) as soon as practical. Mine operators must ensure that workers are provided with adequate information training and instruction in relation to hazards associated with ground and strata failure. Mine operators should consider potential risks to unaccompanied workers operating remote control mining equipment.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00796

SummaryA ventilation overcast and compressed air line were damaged when they were contacted by a shuttle car being towed by a LHD. The overcast was pulled down as a result of the contact.
The overcast was part of ventilation circuit to waste areas, and ventilation to working parts of the mine were not impacted.

Recommendations to industry: Before relocating large equipment in underground mines, a profile run should be undertaken to protect mine infrastructure from damage during the task.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00793

SummaryA service truck and front-end loader collided.  The truck entered the loader’s work area and incorrectly anticipated the loader movements.  No positive communication was conducted.

Recommendations to industry: Safety bulletin SB18-06 Lack of positive communications was published in April 2018.  This alert addresses this incident. Positive communication systems need to include all workers on site including contractors.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00789

SummaryAn operator was unable to safely exit from the cab of their loaded haul truck for three hours after inadvertently hitting the brake or accelerator pedal, causing the truck to tip up and sit on the rear of its tray. The truck was queued on a ramp and started to roll backwards. The operator initially failed to detect this movement and reacted suddenly. The operator reported they may have had a micro-sleep.

Recommendations to industry: Schedule 2 of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 includes the requirement that the health control plan must address fitness for work, which includes fatigue.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00781

SummaryAn articulated water cart hit a tree. The operator exited the machine, it then rolled forward 10 metres into the tree.

Recommendations to industry: The principal hazard management plan for roads or other vehicle operating areas should include procedures detailing the requirement that mobile equipment is parked fundamentally stable.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00779

SummaryAn articulated dump truck has rolled. The truck was tipping its load when the incident occurred.

Recommendations to industry: Areas where vehicles are raising a load should be monitored for hazards such as cross grades, uneven ground, soft points and foreign materials. This is the 22nd reported roll-over of articulated dump truck in the past 12 months, and has been the subject of recent safety alerts. The Resources Regulator considers this trend is intolerable and will be undertaking a focused compliance campaign on the operation of all terrain dump trucks over the coming weeks, with a zero-tolerance approach to less-than-adequate operating procedures and potentially defective plant.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00775

SummaryA fire occurred in the loop take-up of a trunk conveyor. The cause of the fire was identified as a collapsed return roller.

Recommendations to industry: Failure of conveyor idlers is a known risk. Controls should include:
  1. routine belt inspections where the focus is on thoroughly completing the task
  2. condition monitoring
  3. CO detectors in a designated location.  

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00773

SummaryA collision occurred between a grader and haul truck. The grader was travelling down a ramp when the operator reported to have had a micro sleep and travelled toward the haul truck travelling up the ramp. The front of the grader made contact with the sidewall of the truck tyres.

Recommendations to industry: Schedule 2 of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 includes the requirement that the health control plan must address fitness for work, which includes fatigue. Segregation between vehicles travelling in opposite directions should be considered when developing the principal hazard management plan for roads or other vehicle operating areas.

Serious injury | SinNot 2018/00770

SummaryAn owner/operator of an opal mine fell 10 metres down a shaft, hitting the hoist bucket and suffering serious injuries.
Recommendations to industry: A method of safe access and egress should be provided to all workers at mines.

Number of incident notifications, by commencement month and incident type​ 

Other safety publications of note

Date received Source Topic/s and suggestions
18/5/2018 MinEx Safety Alerts NZ
  • An employee was using a portable high pressure hydraulic pump to power a hydraulic ram to push links apart on a track chain. The hose-tail failed at the hose tail crimp, whipping back striking the employee on the left eye. Despite wearing safety glasses, the employee lost sight in the left eye.
  • Fatigue related death: Employer found guilty under sections 36(1)(a), 48(1) and (2)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work Act (NZ) 2015.
  • Surface – Limestone– On April 5, 2018, a concrete pumper truck contacted a 13.2 KV overhead powerline. The powerline broke and fell on the cab of a tractor trailer truck. The driver of the tractor trailer remained inside the cab of the truck until the powerline was de-energized. This close call accident resulted in no injuries.
17/5/2018 HSE
  • A dump truck was parked at a slight incline on a heap of excavated soil, adjacent to a partially backfilled trench. The dumper had been left unattended with the engine running when the failure of its handbrake caused it to roll forward into the trench and pin a worker against a pile of stacked concrete blocks. The worker suffered six broken ribs, a collapsed lung, multiple arm fractures and a broken nose.
18/5/2018 MHSA
  • On April 19, 2018, a miner was trouble shooting an electrical issue on a skid mounted control centre for a pumping system when they came in contact with 4160 volts. The miner appeared uninjured but was hospitalized overnight for observation.
  • METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On December 30, 2017, an employee in a pickup truck approached the quarry loadout area to get the front-end loader (FEL) operator for lunch. The FEL backed into the pickup, pushing it sideways and crushing the driver’s side of the pickup cab, trapping the victim inside the truck. The pickup truck caught fire and efforts by the FEL operator and a nearby contractor to put the fire out using fire extinguishers were not successful.
25/5/2018 MinEx Safety Alerts NZ
  • A sub-contractor was tipping a load of waste product from recent storm damaged roads, when the load shifted putting extreme pressure on the single lift ram. The ram broke and hit the truck cabin, smashing the rear window. No-one was hurt in the incident.
  • See attached incident summary report from QLD mines.
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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 Annual Performance Measures Reports.
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