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22 November 2018
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Investigation release - non-work related death
A worker collapsed in the administration lunch room at Wilpinjong Coal Mine on 17 October 2018. Other workers responded immediately and began emergency procedures. The worker was unresponsive and died despite the efforts of his co-workers and ambulance officers to resuscitate him.
As a result of information obtained during the investigation the NSW Resources Regulator does not consider the worker's death to be work-related.
Investigation release - worker suffers serious head injuries
New online portal and incident notification system

As noted in a previous Mine Safety News the Resources Regulator will be launching a new online portal in the coming weeks. 

As a result, the current online incident notification process will be unavailable from 6pm on Thursday 29 November until midday Monday 3 December 2018.

During this period all incident notifications and enquiries will need to be reported via phone on 1300 814 609, this service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The new online portal will be available from midday on 3 December 2018 and a separate communication will be circulated providing instruction on how to access the new portal.

Quarterly Work Health and Safety Reporting
Operators with a current link to submit their quarterly report are urged to do so prior to Thursday 29 November 2018. Following the launch of the new system these links will no longer work and operators will need to submit their report through the new portal. 

Support and assistance
During this transition period additional support staff will be available to assist operators in accessing and using the new portal. Should you require any assistance in using the portal please contact 1300 814 609 during business hours and select option 4.
Report an incident
The following reports have been published and are available on our website.
Quarterly report - fires on mobile plant - July to September
August Monthly Report
Planned inspection consolidated report - fires on mobile plant
Electrical Engineering Safety Seminar

Over 200 electrical engineers examined the idea of ‘back to basics’ at the NSW Resources Regulator's 28th annual Electrical Engineering Safety Seminar on 7 & 8 November.

Mine workers, manufacturers, contractors and industry specialists from across the State were in attendance. The event discussed electrical hazards, how these hazards become an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of people, and how to best control the risks associated with the sector.

Chief Inspector of Mines at the Resources Regulator, Garvin Burns, said the event was key to making the NSW mining industry a safer place to work.

“This event is a key part of our engagement with the mining industry and I was delighted to see so many in attendance this year,” Mr Burns said.

“We had a great program of speakers across a range of topics, with a particular focus on innovative risk management procedures and electrical engineering issues and safety.”

The event also featured a session with mine safety expert Dr Justin Ludke, who spoke about incident investigation and injury prevention.

Electrical Engineering Safety Seminar presentations slides

Wollongong next stop for small mines health and safety roadshow

The annual small mines health and safety roadshow will be in Wollongong on 4 December, and Sydney on 5 December. It's not too late to register your interest to attend, click on the button below.

The roadshow provides information and guidance about hazard management plans, hazard control plans and the process for reporting or notifying the regulator about safety incidents. Analysis of data relating to recent mine safety incidents is also included.

Click here for roadshow dates, locations and to register your interest
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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