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Weekly incident summary - week ending 16 July 2021
34 reportable incidents, 3 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0040312

Open cut coal mine
Principle mining hazard: Roads or other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A light vehicle travelling up a ramp narrowly avoided driving over a 3.5 metre face. The ramp had been constructed in the morning to link two work areas, but was partially excavated during the day. Due to the incline of the ramp, the light vehicle driver couldn't see that the ramp had been partially removed. The front wheels went over the edge and the vehicle bellied out on the open edge. The occupants were able to exit the vehicle safely and did not suffer any injuries. The ramp had been excavated without any delineation markers, windrow or positive communication to the light vehicle operators.
Comments to industry: Mine operators should ensure that appropriate barricading standards are applied in instances where ramps or roads are excavated, or edges are exposed. Changes to roads and other vehicle operating areas should be communicated to affected workers. The Resources Regulator is currently investigating a similar incident in which a light vehicle drove over an open edge and fell 12 metres following the excavation of a ramp. Refer to: IIR20-03 Light vehicle drives over open edge

Dangerous incidents | IncNot0040301 & IncNot0040298

Open cut coal mines
Summary: In two separate incidents, road registered prime movers have overturned. The trucks were each towing two side-tipping trailers. While tipping, the front trailer has rolled and pulled the prime mover onto its side. One truck was transporting coal preparation plant reject material and the other, material from a settlement pond. One worker had identified material hang up in the body, however, the truck rolled before the material released. Neither operator was injured.
Comments to industry: Mine operators should consider the most appropriate truck type for the material being transported. Workers should monitor for material hang up and should report unsafe conditions to their supervisor.

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 (fatal)

Publication: MSHA
Recent vehicle rollover accidents -
Recently, several fatalities have occurred following incidents when vehicles flipped over backwards, rolled over, and tipped over on their sides.
Publication: MSHA
Powered haulage accidents –
Recent incidents involving mobile equipment such as shuttle cars, scoops, locomotives, front end loaders, haulage equipment, service and pickup trucks, have resulted in a disproportionately high rate of fatalities.
International (other, non-fatal)

Publication: MinEx NZ
Incidents involving concrete delivery vehicles -
There have been two near misses involving delivery of concrete to customer sites.
National (other, non-fatal)

Publication: Resources Safety and Health,
 Queensland (Coal mines)
May 2021 Incident periodical

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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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