All the latest in mine health and safety in NSW
Weekly incident summary
To report an incident or injury call 1300814609
Weekly incident summary - week ending 13 November 2020
42 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038618

Underground metals mine
Summary: An apprentice received an electric shock when his abdomen touched the vice that was holding the item he was welding.
Comments to industry:  Workers undertaking welding activities should remain insulated from the welding job. Mine operators should verify that workers carrying out welding activities have identified appropriate earthing points, their personal protection equipment (PPE) is dry and they are appropriately trained. Refer to: 

Dangerous incident | IncNot0038632

Underground metals mine
Principal mining hazard: Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: While travelling down an incline a light vehicle’s brakes failed. The operator steered the vehicle into the wall to bring it to a stop. The operator was not injured.
Comments to industry: Mine operators should ensure defect reporting and pre-start inspections are being used effectively to maintain safe operating vehicles. Operators should review their maintenance procedures, to ensure commissioning checks are carried out by competent people, before plant is returned to service as fit-for-purpose. Safety critical systems, such as braking and steering systems, should be inspected, maintained and tested in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. All vehicle drivers should be trained in what to do in the case of brake failure.

NSW Resources Regulator publications

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
Another ADT roll-over
A loaded ADT was on a ramp leaving the pit as the operator attempted to merge onto a haul road. As he turned onto the haul road the tray overturned and the cab of the articulated truck remained upright.
National (other non-fatal) 

Publication: DNRME (Qld)
Worker seriously injured by retractable ladder -  Mines Safety alert No.382
Recently on a Central Queensland Surface Coal Mine an excavator retractable access ladder was in the process of lifting, when a coal mine worker (CMW) positioned themselves near the top of the ladder, facing the machine room wall. The ladder completed its lifting cycle and trapped the workers foot between the floor and the rotating handrail.

Publication: Safe Work SA
Unplanned initiation of explosives
On 29 October 2020 SafeWork SA received notification of an explosive’s incident in an underground mine. The health and safety of underground workers was put at risk following the unplanned electronic initiation of two development headings. The development headings were unintentionally initiated at the same time as a decline heading, which was planned to be fired independently.
ISR20-46 | Go to 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:

*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
Regional NSW, Resources Regulator
516 High St
Maitland, New South Wales 2320

Add us to your address book

Copyright © State of New South Wales through Regional NSW 2020
You are receiving this email because you subscribed to Mine Safety News through the NSW Resources Regulator website.
disclaimer | privacy | unsubscribe from this list | update your details