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May 25, 2007

Incorrect Isolation Of Conveyor

At the end of a job on a conveyor it was discovered that the local control isolator had been locked in the "ON" position during the ...

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Underground Coal Mine

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May 22, 2008

Mine Worker Suffers Chemical Burns to Eyes due to High Pressure Fluid Release

A coal mine worker received facial injuries and chemical burns to his eyes as a result of the uncontrolled release of diluted foam catalyst ...

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Nov 28, 2008

Fatal Crush Injury on Exploration Site

A water truck operator sustained fatal injuries when he was crushed between the rear of his water truck and a pastoral property gate. The ...

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Underground Coal Mine

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Apr 22, 2002

Exposed Live 11Kv Cable Plug

At an underground coal mine, an electrician and work group were required to energize a newly installed 11KV underground substation. This was to ...

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Surface Mine

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Jun 11, 2002

Plant Operator's Legs Caught In Pug Mill

An operator of a transportable pugmill received serious injury to the lower part of both legs while clearing a rock, which was stalling the ...

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Surface Mine

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Oct 24, 2002

Trip Switch Defeated On Pug Mill Chamber

Recent inspections at four separate quarries identified that safety devices (trip switches) intended to stop pug mill augers rotating when the ...

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Mine Type:

Underground Coal Mine

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Aug 25, 2003

Uncontrolled Release Of Methane From Drainage Range

During a period of increased inflow of water into an underground coal mine, a methane drainage range was used as a pump delivery range to ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Mine

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Mar 4, 2003

Inappropriate Safety Props

While undertaking an inspection at a quarry, a dump truck was found parked up with the tray in the raised position to allow maintenance to be ...

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Surface Mine

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Nov 21, 2002

Ten Year Old Injured At His Father's Quarry

Recently at a small quarry a 10 year old boy was seriously injured when he attempted to cross a moving conveyor to take a short cut to return ...

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Mine Type:

Underground Coal Mine

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Feb 22, 2005

Incident With 2 Remote Control Transmitters

A twin heading underground roadway was being developed using two mining machines, (continuous miners), both controlled by their operators using ...

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Mine Type:

Underground Coal Mine

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Aug 27, 1999

Accidents on Continuous Miners during Maintenance Work Underground

Since 1996 in the underground coal industry, there have been two fatal accidents and one very serious accident (double amputation) all ...

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Any Mine Type

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Feb 11, 2000

Uncontrolled Movement of Vehicles

Several recent high potential incidents involving mine/quarry vehicles have prompted the issue of this Safety Bulletin. Brief details of some ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Mine

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Jul 9, 2002

Excavation Edge Protection

Your urgent attention is drawn to the dramatic increase in the number of High Potential Incidents involving equipment, machinery and people ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Mine

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Aug 23, 2002

Managing Visitor Safety

Recently a 7 year old child was fatally injured by a rock fall at a tourist mine while on a holiday outing with a group of fossickers. ...

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Any Mine Type

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Feb 3, 2003

24 Volt High Intensity Discharge Lights

24 Volt High Intensity Discharge Lights can be found on drills and some other mobile equipment used in open-cut mines.

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Any Mine Type

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Apr 30, 2004

Tyre Fires, Pyrolysis And Explosions

Tyres on trucks, cranes and other heavy vehicles may catch fire under a range of circumstances, with the obvious potential for the tyres to ...

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Mine Type:

Underground Coal Mine

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Aug 27, 1999

Mineworker Trapped in Longwall Armoured Face Conveyor

A longwall operation was nearing the end of the panel and was preparing for the bolt up cycle. The preparation required the placement of roof ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Mine

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Aug 1, 2002

Excavator Contact With 11,000V Overhead Power-Lines

After repairs at a workshop, a contractor's excavator was being trammed by a fitter to a position on the mine for collection by the ...

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Mine Type:

Underground Mine

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May 19, 2003

Operator Crushed In Articulation Point Of Loader

A loader operator received fatal injuries when crushed within the articulation point of a load haul dump vehicle (LHD). The operator had left ...

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Any Mine Type

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Apr 30, 1997

Truck Tray Contacts 66 kV Powerlines

After night shift ‘smoko’ an operator returned to his parked truck and raised the truck tray. In the dark, witnesses saw electric ...

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Any Mine Type

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May 30, 1997

Burns Sustained From Electrical Arcing

Recently, at separate mines, electricians have been burnt from electrical arcing while working on live electrical switchboards.

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Mine Type:

Surface Mine

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Sep 30, 1997

Hand Amputation

The counterweight of a boom gate while being removed, suddenly trapped and almost severed the arm of a contract boilermaker. A crew of three ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Mine

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Oct 31, 1997

Near Miss Electrocution

A contract fitter engaged in the repair of a dragline lower roller path entered the tub 22KV cable connection chamber with the power still ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Mine

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Feb 28, 1998

Electric Shock While Fault Finding on Dragline Boom

While fault finding on a dragline boom light fitting an electrician opened the back cover and proceeded to test voltage at the lamp base. In ...

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Mine Type:

Underground Coal Mine

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Feb 28, 1998

Hit By Projectile

A fitter received a fractured skull when the hydraulic valve being replaced was ejected under pressure. The fitter, working on a longwall ...

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Any Mine Type

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Jun 23, 1997

Service Pipe Ranges

A number of recent incidents in mines have prompted the inspectorate to issue this bulletin regarding the potential for serious injury to arise ...

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Any Mine Type

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Sep 5, 1989

Conveyor Belt – Fatal Accident 1989

A plant operator lost his life when he became trapped by the arms, head and shoulders between the underside of a conveyor belt and a return ...

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Any Mine Type

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Nov 29, 1989

Safe Use Of Radiation Gauges

Recently there have been three significant incidents involving radiation gauges. Fortunately, not one of these incidents has resulted in any ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Mine

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Dec 13, 1990

Electric Shock Involving P & H Shovel

Whilst tracing a grease line inside the carbody structure of a P & H shovel, a mechanical trades assistant received a severe electric shock ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Mine

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Aug 1, 1991

Buried Electric Cable – Fatal Accident

While excavating to repair a leaking water main, a trades assistant was electrocuted when a crowbar he was using struck and penetrated a buried ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Mine

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Jun 30, 1992

Passenger Lift – A Serious Accident

Serious injuries were sustained by an electrician engaged in the repair of an industrial passenger lift. While the person was alighting from ...

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Any Mine Type

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Jun 24, 1993

Uncontrolled Movement Of Mobile Unit During Maintenance

A maintenance person was carrying out repairs to the exhaust system of a backhoe. At the completion of the repairs he started the engine of the ...

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Nov 3, 1994

Trailing Cable Coupler – Electrical Accident

An electrician had been carrying out repairs to a coupler used to join trailing cables supplying power to an underground development drilling ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Mine

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Dec 28, 1994

Rope Power Shovel Maintenance - Fatal Accident

A maintenance fitter received fatal injuries during a check for a broken shaft in the swing drive transmission on a rope power shovel. This ...

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Surface Mine

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May 25, 1995

Conveyor Belt - Fatal Accident 1995

A mobile crushing and screening plant operator died from severe crush injuries to the arm and chest when he became trapped between the belt and ...

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May 26, 1995

Uncontrolled Discharge Of Stored Energy Source - Fatal Accident

A maintenance fitter received fatal crush injuries when he was trapped between the front wheel arch and tyre of an off road dump truck. He was ...

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Surface Mine

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Jul 30, 1996

Children Exposed To Hazards At Unattended Mine

During a weekend, three young children ventured into an unattended sand mine which is located a short distance from their homes. They climbed ...

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May 27, 1997

Conveyor Belt Failure

A conveyor belt broke on an inclined conveyor carrying ore from the crusher to a stockpile. Eight employees after placing their danger tags on ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Metalliferous Mine

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Jan 18, 1999

Pressure Vessel Entry – Scalding Injury

Two gold treatment plant operators were scalded by hot solution when they opened an elution column to investigate the cause of a blockage ...

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Surface Mine

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Feb 29, 2000

Operator Trapped By Suction Hose

A truck mounted vacuum suction unit was being used to clean up fine and lump material at an ore processing plant, with the truck at ground ...

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Mine Type:

Underground Metalliferous Mine

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Aug 12, 2002

Underground Electrical Equipment Fatal Accident

Late in May 2002, a Drill Jumbo operator sustained a fatal electric shock in an underground mine after contacting 415 volt terminals inside an ...

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Feb 12, 2009

Crushed in a pinch point of fixed elevating work platform (EWP) –– fatal accident

Whilst undertaking a pump change and repair work on a fixed scissor lift elevating work platform (EWP), an engineering tradesperson was crushed ...

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Surface Mine

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Jun 1, 2008

Rail Car Discharge Doors Alert

A near-fatal accident occurred when a mechanic working on a rail car was pinned between two air-operated discharge doors that suddenly opened. ...

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Surface Mine

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Nov 1, 2006

Operator’s Hands Injured In Conveyor At Quarry

INCIDENT The operator of a crushing and screening plant at a quarry sustained major hand injuries and amputation of two-and-a-half fingers when ...

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Underground Coal Mine

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Aug 4, 2006

Contractor Fatally Injured By High-Pressure Hydraulic Equipment

INCIDENT

A contractor was fatally injured while taking fluid samples from a large hydraulic system used to power longwall machinery ...

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Mine Type:

Underground Coal Mine

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Sep 14, 2005

Stored Energy

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There have been a number of similar incidents and near misses involving the installation and removal of longwall roof ...

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Apr 13, 2005

Serious Electric Shock Incident

INCIDENT An electrical service engineer was rendered unconscious when he received multiple electric shocks and suffered burns to the head, ...

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Any Mine Type

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Aug 9, 2004

Loss Of Eye From Injection Of Grease

INCIDENT

A maintenance technician sustained the loss of his right eye, when he was struck in the eye by a flow of grease ejected ...

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Any Mine Type

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Jul 1, 2004

Electric Shock From Circuit Breaker

INCIDENT

An electrician received an electric shock when he made direct contact with the load side terminals of a moulded case ...

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Surface Mine

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Aug 20, 2002

Quarry Operator's Arm Caught In Unguarded Conveyor

INCIDENT

A quarry operator was seriously injured when his arm was pulled into a conveyor.

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Any Mine Type

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Jan 15, 2002

Alternate Radio Transmitter Signals Start Machine

INCIDENT

A remote controlled machine was being tested in a surface workshop using radio remote control. The hydraulic pump on the ...

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Surface Mine

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Nov 8, 1999

TRUCK DRIVER RAISES TRAY UNDER POWERLINES

INCIDENT

A truck driver narrowly escaped death when he raised the tray of his on-road haulage truck into 11,000 volt overhead power ...

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Mine Type:

Underground Coal Mine

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Sep 3, 1999

Continuous Miner Drill Rig Fatally Crushes Tradesman

INCIDENT

A mechanical tradesman was fatally injured as a result of the inadvertent/accidental operation of a continuous ...

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Mine Type:

Underground Coal Mine

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Jul 7, 1999

Fatality Resulting From A Continuous Miner Crushing Injury

INCIDENT A mechanical tradesperson was fatally injured as a result of the automatic operation of a continuous miner’s stabiliser cylinder ...

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Any Mine Type

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Mar 18, 1999

Contact With Live 415 Volt Conductors

INCIDENT

During plant maintenance a contractor supervising electrician picked up a five-wire (3 phases, earth and neutral) double ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Coal Mine

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Feb 6, 2009

Powered Haulage - West Virginia Elk Run Coal Company - Republic Energy

On Friday, February 6, 2009, a 70 year old contract truck driver with eight weeks experience on this job was fatally injured while driving a ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Coal Mine

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Feb 17, 2009

Handling Material - Illinois Knight Hawk Coal, LLC - Prairie Eagle

On Tuesday, February 17, 2009, a 27-year old tractor-trailer driver was fatally injured when he was struck by falling lumber. The victim was an ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Coal Mine

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Feb 26, 2009

Slip/Fall of Person - Kentucky Covol Fuels No.2, LLC - Minuteman Fines Recovery Plant

On Thursday, February 26, 2009, a 50-year old contractor with no mining experience was fatally injured when he fell from a step ladder. The ...

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Mar 10, 2008

Switchboard Incoming Supply Hazards

The area of a motor control centre in the vicinity of the incoming cables and circuit breaker presents an area of high risk to electrical ...

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