Weekly incident summary

19 March 2019 | ISR19-10 | Go to website
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Week ending 8 March 2019
High level summary of emerging trends and our recommendations to operators.

Reportable incidents total: 50
Summarised incidents: 4

This incident summary provides information on reportable incidents and safety advice for the NSW mining industry.

Dangerous incident | IncNot 0034077

SummaryA maintenance worker was hit in the face with pressurised hydraulic fluid. The worker was standing on a ladder to disconnect a hydraulic hose on an excavator track adjuster. The tracks were disconnected from the machine. However, there was residual pressure present in the accumulator which the worker had not identified.
Recommendations to industry: Mine workers must be trained and competent in isolation. Correct isolation includes the identification of all energy sources and the complete dissipation of the energy. Training must include all steps in the isolation process.

Dangerous incident | IncNot 0034039

SummaryA large haul truck was travelling at speed into a mine when the operator took a wide turn. To avoid a collision with an oncoming haul truck, the driver over-steered the vehicle, causing the front right-hand tyre to fail and the front of the truck to dig into the ground. The truck was driven another 15 metres at a speed of about 50km/h. Additionally, a rock fell off one haul truck onto the other haul truck, breaking the right-hand side windscreen.
Recommendations to industry: All mines must consider the hazard of speeding while driving. Engineering controls need to be considered to minimise this risk. The use of speed monitoring and alarms need to be considered and the appropriate action is taken when speeding is identified.  

Dangerous incident | IncNot 0034087

SummaryAn operator was hit on the helmet and shoulder by a coal packer when it fell against mesh that was being removed for pillar extraction. The rib broke into three packer sizes ranging from 850 x 300 x 200 mm, 600 mm x 300 x 200 mm and 500 x 300 x 200 mm. The operator was sent to hospital for review.​

Recommendations to industry: When working methods are altered, mines must ensure change management is completed and all introduced risks are assessed. All change management processes must include training.

Dangerous incident | IncNot 0034076

Summary:  An operator was walking along a designated gantry in a coal preparation plant when a piece of the walkway gave way and his foot went through it. No injury was reported.

Recommendations to industry: Following the competition of structural integrity audits, repair work must be prioritised and continually reviewed to ensure implementation. If structures are deteriorating at a greater rate than expected, then these need to be reviewed as a priority.
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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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