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3 October 2019
We have finalised our causal investigation into a heavy vehicle collision earlier this year involving semi-automated machinery at Wilpinjong coal mine near Mudgee.

The investigation was undertaken in conjunction with mine operators, equipment manufacturers and worker representatives and identified several safety improvements.

For more information view our media release, full investigation report or animated video.

Media release
Investigation report

New safety campaign launched

We are launching a new statewide mine safety campaign aimed at maintaining the safety record of mining in NSW.

Starting this month, we are releasing a series of safety resources, including videos, to be shown to mine workers by mine operators.

The first of these safety resources is the Be Safe at Work video developed in partnership with the NSW Minerals Council and the mining union, CFMMEU. The video focuses on topics including supervision, safety planning, safe equipment and safe systems.

Media release: New mine safety campaign launched
October is  National Safe Work Month. Safe Work Australia has launched a campaign kit which is now available on their website. Everyone can support a safety culture at their workplace and promote best practice work health and safety initiatives.
We can all strive to Be a Safety Champion at work.
National Safe Work Month website
Dozer incidents increase despite warnings
One worker has died and several others have been exposed to significant health and safety risks in recent incidents featuring dozer operations at NSW mine sites. These incidents included rollovers, a near miss over a drop off and a rollover caused by off-centre engagement of a ripper. One worker died in a collision between a dozer and a light vehicle south of Broken Hill in August 2019 and most recently a dozer operator reversed over a parked light vehicle. These incidents have continued to occur despite us issuing a warning in a safety bulletin only seven months ago. 
Safety bulletin: Dozer incidents increase despite warnings
Places are filling fast for our 29th Electrical Engineering Safety Seminar with the early-bird discount ending on 6 October. Don't miss out, register now!

The agenda for the seminar will be published on our website next week.
Register online

Practising certificates workshops

Don't miss out on these dates this month.
Broken Hill - 15 October
Cobar - 16 October
Parkes - 17 October 2019
Orange - 17 October 2019

We are conducting free workshops for people who hold a practising certificate or who want to obtain one. The workshops will cover:

  • how and when to apply for a practising certificate
  • how the maintenance of competence scheme works
  • what records and evidence you must keep for the learning you claim
  • how auditing will be carried out for holders.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their applications or records for maintenance of competence to discuss.
Please note: people applying for or holding a quarry manager with conditions practising certificate for a specific mine location (previously a production manager permit) should instead attend one of our Small Mines and Quarries Health and Safety Roadshow, dates and registration information now available on our website.

Register to attend practising certificates workshops here

Nymboida rehabilitation investigation report

During a proactive compliance monitoring program, our inspectors detected unrehabilitated land at the former Nymboida Clay Mine south of Grafton. Subsequent regulatory action has resulted in the effective rehabilitation of the mine.
The full report is available on our website.
Investigation report: Rehabilitation at the former Nymboida Clay Mine

Blasting explosives user licence (open-cut coal mines) examinations

People interested in obtaining a blasting explosives user licence - BEUL (mining class) reference for open cut coal mines can apply to sit the written examination on Tuesday 29 October 2019. The reference is required by SafeWork NSW as a prerequisite to issuing the BEUL.
This is the only examination scheduled in the near future. If you are interested in obtaining a reference in the future, you should apply for this scheduled examination to avoid any delay in obtaining a BEUL.
Applicants must complete and submit a fully completed BEUL reference application form by Monday 14 October 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Further information on arrangements for the examination will be provided to candidates who apply and are approved to sit.
General enquiries can be directed to the Mining Competence Team on 4063 6461 or

Approved coal mine Safety and Health Representatives training providers

The Safety and Health Representative ( training package has been developed for delivery to industry, site and electrical safety and health representatives at coal mines for the purposes of section 45 of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013.

To ensure training delivery is of the highest standard, suitably qualified and experienced organisations can be approved to deliver the training course.

We have approved four organisations to deliver the training course. Details available on our website. These organisations will make the course available for any current or prospective coal mine SHRs who require the training.

Register of authorised training providers for Safety and Health Representatives

Latest news

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