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14Non-Mining Fatality Trail Bike Rider Crashes Over Quarry Face

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Brief Description of Incident/Accident & Description of Consequences/Outcomes:

On a Saturday afternoon a man suffered major head and internal injuries after the trail bike he was riding ran over a six metre high quarry face. He and his brother entered a road leading to a disused quarry. His brother stopped to talk to other trail bike riders whilst he carried on ahead. About twenty minutes later his brother found him beneath the quarry face, unconscious and beside the badly damaged trail bike. The local ambulance took him to hospital where he later died of his injuries.

The matter is under investigation by the Police Traffic Accident Investigation Squad who will prepare a report for the Coroner.

The senior constable is quoted as saying "No one saw the accident, but it seems that he just rode over what looked like a mound on the track but he was actually the top of a "cliff". Riding these bikes in the back blocks is not all fun. There's a fair bit of danger about it."

Identified Root Causes:

Easy access was obtained by simply riding around the gate on the track leading to the quarry. Inspection revealed that other fencing around the perimeter had fallen into disrepair or was non- existent.

Energy Type(s) Involved:

Person riding motorbike over quarry face

Equipment Type(s):

Trail bike

Root & Contributing Cause(s):

LTA guarding

Stated or Potential Consequence(s):


Preventative/Recommended/Accepted Steps of Risk Mitigation, Points of Interest:

Owners and managers of surface mines and quarries are advised to ensure that security to the operations is maintained to an appropriate standard.

Internal audits of such security and/or fencing should be conducted at appropriate intervals of time.


Queensland Government Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI)


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Reference Type:

Safety Alert #7

Mine Type:

Any Mine Type


Potential & Kinetic - Gravity > Falls from heights / Falling object(s)





Australia, Queensland

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