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Weekly incident summary
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Weekly incident summary - week ending 11 March 2022
47 reportable incidents, 4 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041760

Surface coal
Summary: A boilermaker suffered an electric shock while conducting chassis repairs on a haul truck with a MIG welder. The boilermaker was between the main alternator and the chassis when he felt a shock across his chest.
Comments to industry: Mine operators should verify that workers carrying out welding have identified appropriate earthing points, their personal protection equipment (PPE) is dry and they are appropriately trained. Welding machines must be isolated when not in use.

Refer to:
Safety Bulletin SB1903 Welding-related electric shocks increase
NSW Resources Regulator Information Sheet No 2 Basic welding practices

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041774

Open cut coal
Summary: An electrician placed his personal isolation lock onto a lock box and began work on a sump pump. As the electrician began to remove the main junction box screws, the pump started. The electrician was not injured. The work procedure contained incorrect isolation information and the electrician failed to test for dead before starting work on the pump.
Comments to industry: When group isolation systems are used, the isolation must be confirmed for all the required tasks. When workers lock onto a group isolation, they must check that the isolation is suitable for the task they are conducting. Mine workers must be trained and competent in isolation procedures and should always test for dead before starting work. 

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041771

Open cut coal
Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary:  While descending a ramp, a haul truck gained speed and exceeded the operating range of the retard system. The operator failed to apply the service brake in time and was unable to safely negotiate a 90 degree corner at the base of the ramp. The truck hit the left side windrow. 
Comments to industry: Workers must operate vehicles at a speed that is appropriate to the prevailing conditions. Engineering controls that minimise the risk of loss of control should be considered, including the use of speed-limiting devices, speed monitoring, and alarms. Mobile plant operating characteristics, including stopping distances, maneuverability and speeds must be considered when developing control measures to manage the risks of operating vehicles. This should consider both loaded and unloaded vehicles.

Dangerous incident | IncNot0041787

Quarrying
Summary: A spotter’s arm was broken when it was pinned between a trailer and a water tank. The spotter was helping to position the trailer near the water tank.
Comments to industry: All workers must remain clear of crush points near moving equipment. Supervisors must ensure workers comply with no-go zones around moving plant and equipment. Engineering controls such as reversing cameras and proximity detection systems should be used to remove workers from areas where they can be placed at risk.

Resources Regulator publications

ISR22-10 | Go to the website

 

You can find all our guidance and incident related publications (that is, safety alerts, safety bulletins, incident information releases, weekly incident summaries and investigation reports) on our website: resourcesregulator.nsw.gov.au

*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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