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Any Mine Type

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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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Surface Mine

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Dec 24, 2008

Fatality Involving Mobile Crushing Plant

A worker sustained fatal injuries when struck by the right hand hopper door of a mobile crushing plant.

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Any Mine Type

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Jan 14, 2000

Coal Reclaim Tunnel Incident

The coal reclaim system comprised a stockpile located over a hopper which fed coal onto a conveyor in reclaim tunnel below via a clam shell ...

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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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Mine Type:

Underground Coal Mine

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Jun 2, 2002

Inadvertent Operation Of Longwall Shearer

Between the end of night shift and the beginning of day shift, the longwall shearer had moved approximately 10 metres towards the main gate. ...

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Mine Type:

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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Mine Type:

Surface Mine

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Sep 27, 2002

Fire In A Multi-Floor Screen House

During routine maintenance two workers were replacing the rubber skirts in a screen on the top floor of the screen house.

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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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Any Mine Type

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Jun 2, 2003

Quick Release Victaulic Pipe Couplings Without Safety Clips Could Be Deadly

An operator was knocked over by a blast of compressed air that was inadvertently released from a pipe range. A crew was removing a festoon ...

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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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Any Mine Type

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Apr 10, 2003

Working On Compressed Air Lines

A recent fatality at an underground mine has unfortunately once again highlighted the dangers of compressed air and the amount of energy that ...

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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:

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:

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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Any Mine Type

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Jul 1, 1991

Crane Dogman Survives Shock From 22kV Transformer

During the dismantling of a monorail structure, a 15 metre section of beam supported by a mobile crane contacted the High Voltage terminals of ...

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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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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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Mine Type:

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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Any Mine Type

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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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Any Mine Type

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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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Any Mine Type

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Jul 30, 1997

Crushed In Articulation Point Of LHD

A Loader Operator received serious crush injuries including a fractured pelvis when he was caught in the articulation point of a low-profile ...

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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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Mine Type:

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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Any Mine Type

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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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Mine Type:

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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Mine Type:

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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Mine Type:

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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Any Mine Type

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Jun 27, 2005

Electric Shock From 11 kV Bus Tie

INCIDENT

A contract electrician received a serious electric shock and burns when live 11 kV bushings in the rear of a bus tie ...

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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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Mine Type:

Underground Mine

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Sep 16, 2004

Miner Killed In Underground Shaft (Updated Alert)

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An employee was travelling in a man-riding cage, operated by a winder driver, when his head was caught between a cage ...

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Mine Type:

Surface Mine

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Nov 26, 2003

Quarry Employee Injured After Failure To Isolate Pugmill

INCIDENT

A quarry employee received a fractured jaw and chin when he used a crowbar to clear a blockage in an operating ...

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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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The ...

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Mine Type:

Underground Coal Mine

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Apr 26, 2000

Electric Shock From Longwall Lighting System

INCIDENT

An apprentice received an electric shock while working on a longwall face lighting ...

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Mine Type:

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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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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Any Mine Type

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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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