Weekly incident summary

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Week ending 6 June 2018

Reportable incidents total: 47
Summarised incidents: 9

Incidents of note for which operators should consider the comments provided and determine if action needs to be taken.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00896

SummaryWhile carrying out maintenance, a winder main skip made contact with a davit arm. The arm had been used to prepare for maintenance and when the winder was operated it struck the davit arm.
Recommendations to industry: Any item that has the potential to enter the shaft or be left in the shaft should have a way of being secured. Checks that all items have been secured should be included in procedures before a winder is returned to service following maintenance.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00887

Summary:A haul truck hit a parked light vehicle. A worker had driven the light vehicle to the front of the parked haul truck. The worker then started to drive the haul truck to a workshop and made contact with the light vehicle. No other person was in the vicinity.

Recommendations to industry: Where light vehicles and heavy vehicles are expected to interact, designated parking areas for each type should be allocated, marked and, where possible, segregated. Pedestrian access and interactions with vehicles should also be considered.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00879

Summary:Packaging from a black powder product was found smouldering in the extraction drive by the shotfirer and his assistant. Four cartridges were found in this state. The root cause of packaging being found in the drive was due to the rifling of the cartridge due to incorrect drill hole dimensions.
Recommendations to industry: When carrying out any drilling the correct drill size must be identified and used.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00822

SummaryAn excavator was tramming underground when it hit a light vehicle. The excavator was carrying a hydraulic hammer at the time. As it trammed around a corner, the operator did not see the parked light vehicle.

Recommendations to industry: Mine transport management plans and transport rules should consider the risk of heavy equipment moving around the mine while carrying loads or attachments.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00877

SummaryA large pressure bump occurred in a development roadway. Workers on the continuous miner at the time were peppered workers with coal on a continuous miner. A dust storm followed. The rib moved and parts of the rib were fractured.

Recommendations to industry: All mines must assess the risk and implement specific control measures, following the hierarchy of controls, for mining induced seismic activity (clause 44B WHS (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014). Where control measures do not sufficiently control the hazard they must be reviewed and, as necessary, revised.

Serious injury | SinNot 2018/00873

SummaryA worker suffered suspected neck injuries when an excavator was loading a dump truck. The mounts on a hydraulic tank on the dump truck failed during the incident.

Recommendations to industry: When conducting risk assessments, developing operational procedures and training packages for consideration should be given to material size and forces encountered during loading.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00872

SummaryAn articulated water cart trailer overturned while backing into position to spray cannon on the ROM. The trailer backed onto a windrow and overturned onto right hand side.

Recommendations to industry: There have been repeated cases reported to the Resources Regulator of articulated vehicles overturning recently. The stability of articulated vehicles is a known risk and mines should manage this.  Consideration should be given to factors such as (but not limited to):
  • operating grades
  • uneven surfaces (holes, rocks, foreign material)
  • tipping of loads
  • hang-up of loads
  • movement of loads
  • speed of operation
  • tyre failure 
  • movement of water and unbalancing of loads in water carts.
Assessment of safe operation of ATDs will continue to be a priority for the Resources Regulator in coming months.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00860

SummaryAn excavator overturned while cleaning up a bench. The bench was 1.5m high.

Recommendations to industry: Equipment operators must maintain situational awareness and remain vigilant of the risk of machine roll overs
The circumstances of this incident also underpins the  importance of wearing seatbelts as a mitigating control.
When planning tasks and travel paths, supervisors must consider roll over hazards.

Dangerous incident | SinNot 2018/00856

SummaryA fire occurred underground when a pulley bearing in a loop take-up collapsed. A technician saw smoke while completing an inspection and raised the alarm.

Recommendations to industry: Controls should be in place to monitor for fires on conveyors including:
  • routine belt inspections
  • condition monitoring
  • maintenance programs to ensure high standards of housekeeping around these installations
  • CO detectors in a designated location
  • adequate firefighting equipment available.

Number of incident notifications, by commencement month and incident type​ 

Other safety publications of note

Date Publication Issue/topic
29/05/2018 Worksafe NZ
  • There have been two recent incidents involving remote control unit failure in mining and quarrying operations that WorkSafe wishes to bring to the attention of the sector. There was no harm caused in either occasion but the potential is high for injuries should recommended steps below not be followed.
29/05/2018 HSE
  • A construction company has been fined after a tipper vehicle driven by one of its employees came into contact with overhead power lines during the construction of a waste transfer station.
We have had similar incidents on our sites.
01/06/2018 WA dept. of mines
  • In February 2017, two underground workers were using an integrated tool carrier (IT) to complete a task at the intersection of a decline and a link drive. To access the work area the IT was parked in the decline with the front of the machine articulated (35°) around the corner of the intersection. The decline had a cross slope angle of 10.3°.
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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 Annual Performance Measures Reports.
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