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Weekly incident summary - week ending 1 April 2022
36 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041908

Open cut coal
Ground or strata failure
Summary: A highwall failed and material breached the exclusion control zone in a known geotechnical hazard area. A grader was operating in the area at the time. The operator felt a vibration, noticed dust and quickly drove away from the highwall. The worker was clear of the falling material.
Comments to industry: Recent highwall failures in NSW mines have resulted in material overwhelming catchment bunds and exclusion zones. Mine operators should ensure an adequate exclusion zone is established based upon the maximum reasonable potential of a failure occurring, including the potential for a failure to extend through to adjacent jointing/faults. Mine operators should also ensure water egress is minimised to highwall crests to reduce the potential of a failure occurring.

Refer to:
Safety Bulletin: SB20-01 Failure of highwalls, low walls and dumps.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041937

Open cut coal
Ground or strata failure
Summary: A dump truck was tipping a load when the ground failed, causing the rear of the truck to sink. The operator was assisted from the truck without injury.
Comments to industry: Tip heads and dumps must have suitable inspection regimes in place. Changes in conditions, such as wet weather, should trigger a change in inspection frequency. Design of dumps and catch bunds should consider areas where water can accumulate. When dumping near bodies of water or mud, strict controls should be implemented based on robust risk assessment processes.  

Refer to:
Safety Bulletin: SB20-01 Failure of highwalls, low walls and dumps.

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International (other, non-fatal)

NZ MinEx
Fire on front end loader

A fire started suddenly in the engine of a frontend loader at a quarry. Several extinguishers were used in an attempt to put the fire out, but ultimately the fire brigade extinguished it. Fire damage made it impossible to ascertain the exact cause, however there were signs of a bird's nest beside the intercooler pipe. The fire was concentrated around the fuel water separator and could have resulted from fuel or hydraulic leaks. None had been reported prior to the incident. It is possible electrical wiring had rubbed through and shorted out, however fire damage destroyed most of the engine harness therefore it was impossible to identify the exact location where the fire started.

National (other, non-fatal)

WorkSafe Qld
Electric arc flash

An innovative new film produced by the Electrical Safety Office highlights the serious dangers of electrical arc flashes. Head of the Electrical Safety Office Donna Heelan said arc flash incidents are far too common in Queensland's electrical industry and it was time to beef up the warnings. An arc flash is a release of electrical energy that causes an explosion which can reach temperatures of up to 20,000 degrees Celsius. An arc flash usually occurs in large switchboards but can also occur in smaller switchboards, electricity supply pillars or large electrical equipment.
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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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