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Weekly incident summary - week ending 7 August 2020
46 reportable incidents, 2 summarised below

Dangerous incident | IncNot0037912

Open cut coal mine
Summary: An empty haul truck was travelling around a corner when the rear axle box wheel assembly detached from the main truck frame. The retaining bolts for the trunnion pin failed, allowing the trunnion pin to dislodge. 
Comments to industry: This incident is under investigation and further information may be published later. Following maintenance and repairs to mobile plant, the plant should be inspected, tested and verified as fit for purpose. Mobile plant should have suitable maintenance schedules that take into consideration condition and hours of operation. 
Mine operators are reminded of the importance of following original equipment (OEM) maintenance schedules. 

Dangerous incident | IncNot0037921

Open cut industrial minerals mine
Principal mining hazard: Roads and other vehicle operating areas
Summary: A rigid haul truck rolled over the side of a haul road, coming to rest on the edge of a steep drop. The operator was wearing a seatbelt and suffered a minor injury.
Initial enquiries suggest that sunlight interfered with the driver’s line of sight, causing him to drive into the bunding that was not adequate to hold up the truck. The truck drove over a large rock in the bund wall and tipped over.
Comments to industry: Mine operators should ensure that bunds are designed, constructed and maintained to a standard that is suitable to protect workers from harm.
Principal hazard management plans for roads or other vehicle operating areas should consider factors that may affect operator visibility or ability to control a vehicle such as sunlight, fog, or dust obstructions that may affect lines of sight. This incident also highlights the importance of wearing a seatbelt while operating mobile plant.

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.

National (other, non-fatal)

Publication: Qld Department of Transport and Main Roads (in MinEx NZ)
Crane incident – SAB0920
An incident occurred in Central Queensland involving an EFFER vehicle loading crane. These cranes have several hydraulic extensions that are held in the boom with pins. The pins are locked into the boom’s segments with a grub screw.
A loose grub screw enabled a pin to fall out, which then allowed the extension to drop out when the crane was deployed for use. The dropped extension arm broke off a hydraulic fitting. No-one was injured.
ISR20-32 | Go to website


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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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