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Weekly incident summary - week ending 19 November 2021
41 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Medical treatment injury | IncNot0041117

Underground coal
Ground and strata
Summary: A worker was leaning down, placing a monorail beam on the floor. A piece of rib material about 0.5m x 0.5m x 0.2m fell from the rib striking him across the shoulders and neck. The worker suffered a fractured vertebra.
The incident was reported by the mine operator as a medical treatment injury (WHS(M&PS) Reg 2014 cl128(1)(a)). In reviewing the incident details, Resources Regulator inspectors formed the view that the incident met the requirements of a dangerous incident (WHS(M&PS) Reg 2014 cl179). Investigations are ongoing.
Comments to industry: Mines must ensure roadways are driven, and strata support installed to design, including roadway dimensions. Systems should be implemented to monitor compliance to design. Workers must be vigilant for loose and unsupported coal that is not directly influenced by strata support. When a hazard is identified it should be made safe such as barring down or installing additional support. Mines must have in place systems for the management of dangerous incidents as defined in cl179 Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014. Statutory officials should be trained in the implementation of these systems.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041107

Underground coal
Summary: During bolting operations on a continuous miner, a worker was sprayed with hydraulic oil that released under pressure from the bolting rig. The operator was standing about one metre away, operating the controls of the other bolting rig. The worker was cleared of any fluid injection injuries.
Comments to industry: Maintenance procedures should confirm that pressures in hydraulic circuits is in accordance with the original manufacturer’s recommendations. Pre-use inspections should include checks for damage that may impact the integrity of fluid power systems and components. For further information refer to: MDG-41-Fluid-power-systems

Other publications of interest

These incidents are included for your review. The NSW Resources Regulator does not endorse the findings or recommendations of these incidents. It is your legal duty to exercise due diligence to ensure the business complies with its work health and safety obligations.
International (other, non-fatal)

Publication: MinEX NZ
Articulated dump truck (ADT) -  Mechanical failure
As an ADT was braking downhill, the ‘whole tray was thrown up onto its side’.

National (other, non-fatal)

Publication: Resources Safety and Health, Queensland (coal)
Safety alert #401 – Pressurised steering accumulators sent off site

Two accumulators from the steering system of a Komatsu 830E rear dump truck were sent from a mine to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for servicing. Through its own procedures, the OEM discovered that it was still pressurised. There wasn’t any notification or tagging to warn about remaining pressure.

Publication: Resources Safety and Health, Queensland (coal)
Incident Periodical (August 2021)

Recent high potential incidents; learnings and recommendations.

Publication: Resources Safety and Health, Queensland (coal)
Safety alert #402 - Introduction, inspection and maintenance of gas detecting and monitoring equipment 

Incidents have occurred while undertaking maintenance tasks associated with gas monitoring systems.
  1. An incident occurred at an underground coal mine in which a longwall CH4 sensor was being relocated from a powered roof support to another location along the faceline. When the sensor was disconnected, the tripping circuit failed to operate.
  2. An incident occurred at another underground coal mine in which an ERZ/NERZ boundary sensor went into a fault condition due to the failure of the uninterruptible power supply and the tripping circuit failed to operate
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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 Safety Performance Measures Reports and our Business Activity Reports.
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