Safety Bulletin
Objects entering cabins of underground mobile plant
There have been repeated incidents reported to the NSW Resources Regulator recently involving objects entering the operator cabins of mobile plant in underground coal and metal mines.

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Silica dust in the workplace
This guidance advises PCBUs of the risks of respirable crystalline silica dust and how to control them and protect their workers.

Silicosis is a progressive and deadly disease that causes fibrosis of the lungs from the inhalation of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) dust. 

As a PCBU, you have a duty to eliminate, or use controls to minimise worker exposure to the hazard of, and risks from, RCS dust. 

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WEEKLY INCIDENT SUMMARY
Week ending Friday 2 August 2019

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A fitter suffered a back injury after lifting his tool bag onto the tray of a utility while working  underground. The bag was subsequently weighed and found to be more than 30 kilograms. The worker lost consciousness momentarily and was in significant pain. He was transported to the surface and by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

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Fatal 6 - Serious road traffic accident involving volumetric vehicle overturning
A volumetric vehicle left its plant after loading with material, the exact weight of the load had not been recorded on exit.

 

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Truck rollover while spreading material

A truck, with body raised, was spreading material on a quarry haul road when the operator misjudged the road camber and became concerned with the lean of the truck body.

The driver tried to lower the hoist to reduce the lean, as he continued to spread metal, but the center of gravity had changed sufficiently to the left to snap the mount of the lift ram and cause the truck’s body to come to rest on its side against the batter.

The truck was righted by cranes and the remainder of the material was removed with a digger. No-one was injured in the incident.

 

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FIRE SAFETY ALERT
SURFACE MINE EQUIPMENT
In the ten months since early September 2018, MSHA has documented nine equipment fires involving Hitachi excavators and shovels and Caterpillar haul trucks, front end loaders and dozers. On September 7, 2018, a miner received fatal burn injuries when a fire occurred on a haul truck and the manually-activated fire suppression system did not function when activated. The remaining eight equipment fires were all reported as non-injury. The manually activated fire suppression system did not function when activated during two of the eight non-injury fires and the automatic fire suppression system activated during one incident but did not extinguish the fire.

 

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