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Safety Alert: 

Loader loses brakes and crashes

An operator was driving a loader down the side of a tailings dam wall. When the loader travelled over a pile of rocks it lost braking and continued uncontrolled down the wall onto a decant wall. The operator jumped out of the machine, which continued along the rock wall, went over the edge and landed on its side at the base of the wall.

To read the full alert and recommendations to industry go to the Resources Regulator website or download it below.
Download the full alert here

Health monitoring exemption extended

The Resources Regulator has provided a further exemption from the health monitoring requirements under the Work Health and Safety (Mines & Petroleum Sites) Regulation, due to duplication with the Work Health and Safety Regulation requirements.

The new exemption was gazetted on Friday 19 January and commences on 1 February.
Download a copy of the exemption here

Guide helps to understand 'mining operations'

The Resources Regulator has provided guidance on the interpretation and application of the concept of ‘mining operations’ used in the Work Health and Safety (Mine and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013 (WHSMPS Act).

The regulator has published a guideline Understanding the term mining operations on it's website to assist industry.

The WHSMPS Act applies to all workplaces that are mines. A ‘mine’ is in turn defined by reference to the term ‘mining operations’. Many of the duties under the WHSMPS Act and the Work Health and Safety (Mine and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 (WHSMPS Regulation) apply to operators of mines.

It is important to bear in mind that the objectives of the WHSMPS Act include to protect workers at mines and other people against harm to their health and safety through the elimination or minimisation of risks arising from mining i.e. mining risks.
Download the document here
NSW Government,
Further contact info:
Resources Regulator | Phone: 1300 814 609

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Maitland, New South Wales 2320

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