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Causal investigation into conveyor belt incident published by the regulator

During a conveyor extension on a flexible conveyor train at the Ulan West Operations underground coal mine near Mudgee, NSW on 29 August 2017, seven workers sustained minor injuries when the boot end was unexpectedly dragged about 16 metres.
Following the incident and preliminary investigation, the regulator determined to undertake a causal investigation into the incident to enable the quick and full understanding of the causes of the incident and publication of the corresponding lessons to reduce the likelihood of recurrence. 
To read the full investigation report and recommendations to industry go to the website or download a copy below.
Download the report here

Health control plan workshops continue

All mines, quarries and petroleum sites are required to develop and implement a health control plan. To assist mines with this, the Resources Regulator will be delivering workshops across NSW.

‘Develop and implement a health control plan’ workshop is targeting sites that are yet to develop and or implement their health control plan.

More details can be viewed on our website listed under events, or by downloading the flyer below.

Please register your interest in attending, including the location and number of attendees, at Note that the venues are yet to be advised.

Download the workshops flyer here

2018 Examination calendar - updates now available

Examinations for certificates of competence are held during the year at scheduled times according to the calendar published on the Resources Regulator website.

As well as the written and oral examination dates, the calendar notes the closing dates for applications to be received for the certificates of competence.

Applications received that are incomplete or after the closing date will be considered for the next scheduled examination.

Changes in the updated calendar include:
  1. Exam dates for the cable repair signatories have been moved forward to earlier in the year.
  2. The Mining and Petroleum Competence Board at its November meeting requested a change to the process for achieving a certificate of competence in the non-coal industry. From 2018, any applicant for a certificate of competence to be either a quarry manager of mines other than underground mines or coal mines, or, a mining engineering manager of underground mines other than coal mines, is to be assessed and pass a written examination before being invited to be assessed and pass an oral assessment. This change brings the non-coal sector into sync with the coal sector process. Oral exam dates have been added in September.
The 2018 examination calendar can be found on the website.
More information on certificates of competence can be found at the mining competence section of the Resources Regulator website.
To contact the Mining Competence Team phone (02) 4063 6461 or 1300 736 122. Email:

The NSW Resources Regulator will be closed for normal business services over the holiday period from 5pm Friday 22 December, and will reopen on Monday 8 January 2018.

Critical compliance and enforcement activities will still be undertaken during this period and safety incidents should continue to be reported by calling 1300 814 609 or via the online portal.

NSW Government,
Further contact info:
Resources Regulator | Phone: 1300 814 609

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Maitland, New South Wales 2320

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