Safety Alerts and Newsletters

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Safety Alerts

20 July 2017

Lack of pillar support – underground opal mines

New South Wales Resources Regulator identified an underground mining site in Lighting Ridge which had insufficient primary support and no secondary support in large sections of the site.

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27 June 2017

Injured worker not discovered and treated for extended period

The driver of a service vehicle was travelling along a haul road to a satellite pit to deliver fuel. The area had experienced overnight rain, and the driver lost control of the loaded vehicle. The light vehicle mounted a verge and rolled onto its roof. The driver was unable to call for assistance due to the damaged radio aerial and absence of a back-up communication system. There was a delay in the arrival of the emergency responders before the driver was taken to a regional hospital for treatment.

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17 May 2017

Hydraulic power pack and ram failure causing death

WorkSafe New Zealand has issued a safety alert after a mine worker was fatally struck by high-pressure hydraulic fluid, which erupted from a ram while the worker performed maintenance on the rear struts of a dump truck.

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12 May 2017

Fitter struck in chest by packing plate released under pressure

A significant incident report has been released after a packing plate beneath the hydraulic ram on a broken down cone crusher dislodged under pressure and struck a fitter, inflicting serious chest injuries.

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12 May 2017

Use of an excavator bucket as a lifting point

The Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum released another safety bulletin after finding that a number of mines are unsafely allowing excavator operators to use their excavator’s bucket teeth as lifting points when relocating equipment.

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12 May 2017

Ratchet vehicle support stands

This safety bulletin has been issued after identifying a number of defective ratchet support stands at mining operations. Incorrect handling or use of a ratchet vehicle support stand in a manner not intended by the manufacturer may lead to a damaged lock pin or defective components. This damage may result in the sudden failure of the stand to support a load and could lead to serious or fatal injuries for workers or those in the vicinity.

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21 APRIL 2017

Pneumatic air tool fitting fails

A worker was struck on the left forearm with compressed and foreign particles when a swivel fitting on an air hose detached from the pneumatic ratchet he was using. The incident occurred at a New South Wales mine on 10 March 2017.

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25 JANUARY 2017

Driver thrown from cab in articulated truck roll over

A trainee operator was reversing a 27 tonne articulated dump truck to tip a load of wet sand in a stockpile area. The right hand rear wheels rode up onto the edge of an existing stockpile and the load in the tub shifted, tipping the trailer onto its side and rocking the cab violently. The operator was thrown about in the cab, first striking and breaking the driver’s window and then striking, breaking and falling through the passenger side window to the ground. The operator suffered lacerations to his arm and head which required hospital treatment.

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25 November 2016

Sudden failure of feed hopper

A plant operator heard an unusual noise coming from the run of mine (ROM) feed hopper. On inspection, the plant operator found the feed hopper had collapsed onto the plant feed conveyor.

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09 JUNE 2016

Another worker injured in IT work basket crush incident

A worker has been seriously injured after being crushed in an integrated tool carrier work basket incident underground. The incident occurred in March, when two servicemen were working in an IT carrier, removing pipe services from the sidewall and backs of an extra-high excavation.

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30 May 2016

Working near slopes in quarries

This safety alert highlights the risk of working near the crest and toes of slopes in quarries and provides advice on how to reduce the risk of slope failure. In a recent incident, a fatality occurred at a quarry when a dump truck was tipping waste material over the crest of a dump head and the slope failed.

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09 March 2016

Guards and discs on angle grinders

This safety alert highlights the risks associated with removing guards and using incorrect discs on angle grinders. In early February 2016, a Queensland worker received fatal injuries while operating a 230 mm (9 inch) angle grinder. The worker was killed when part of a broken disc struck the worker’s chest. It appears that due to the high impact of the projectile it caused fatal internal injuries.

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22 FEBRUARY 2016

Driver loses control of light vehicle and crashes in underground mine

The driver of a personnel transport and service vehicle (single cabin, four-wheel drive traytop utility) lost control of the vehicle while travelling down a decline into an underground mine and crashed into a wall.

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Newsletters

MAQOHSC Newsletter Issue 2, 2016

In this issue:

  • Fully funded health surveillance – dust monitoring program for South Australian Mines and Quarries
  • Time to plan and prepare for working in the heat
  • Fully funded Certificate IV Work Health and Safety training.

MAQOHSC Newsletter Issue 1, 2016

In this issue:

  • Funded dust monitoring commencing
  • Training targets keeping young workers safe
  • Complacency to compliance looks at safety with explosives
  • Depressed or totally Stressed? How to tell the difference!
  • Fully funded health and wellbeing 60 day online health program.

MAQOHSC Newsletter Issue 44, Winter 2015

In this issue:

  • New program to help prevent suicide and promote wellbeing for workers
  • MAQOHSC Committee undertakes site visit to Hillgrove Resources
  • Guide to principal mining hazards.

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