This Safety Alert has been released by the Government of Western Australia Mines Inspectorate and is provided for the attention of South Australian mine and quarry managers and operators.
South Australian mine and quarry operators with plant, activities or conditions similar to those described in this Significant Incident Report should take note of the preventative actions detailed in the report. Readers should refer to South Australian legislation where appropriate
A water tanker failed to negotiate a left hand turn at a 90 degree T-intersection of two haul roads and rolled over to its right through 270 degrees coming to rest on the passenger’s side.
The incident occurred at 5.30 pm in clear, dry weather and the haul road was in good condition.
The water tanker driver had six months experience in this task and had completed generic induction and water tanker training. He had completed ten hours of work on his first day shift after a seven day rostered break.
The water tanker comprised a prime mover and a single trailer fitted with a 20,000 litre water tank. It is estimated that the water tank contained 15,000 litres of water at the time of the incident.
The water tanker came to rest on the wrong side of the haul road with the prime mover in the centre of the road and the rear of the trailer in the table drain at the side of the road.
No documented pre start inspection of the water tanker was conducted on the day of the incident.
The water tanker driver was not wearing a seat belt and was extremely fortunate to have suffered only minor injuries in the incident.
An independent third party audit of the water tanker failed to identify any mechanical failure that could have contributed to the incident.
The investigation could not determine the actual speed of the water tanker before the incident, but given all of the prevailing circumstances it did conclude that the water tanker was travelling too fast to safely negotiate the intersection and that this was the primary contributing factor to the incident.
No baffles were installed in the water tank and a lateral surge of water when the water tanker was attempting to negotiate the intersection may have contributed to the rollover.
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MINE SAFETY OPERATIONS BRANCH
INDUSTRY & INVESTMENT NSW
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