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Maintenance of Safety Critical Systems - Braking, Steering & Warning Systems

What There has been several incidents relating to the failure of braking and steering systems on mobile equipment. Why Failure of the braking and steering systems on the mobile equipment Recommendations Recommendations relate to failure of the braking system, condition of the road, operator error,... Read more

MSB No. 101 Brake System Maintenance - Rubber Tyred Vehicles

Many high potential incidents over recent years at Queensland mines and quarries involved brake systems on highway and industrial trucks, and on heavy earthmoving equipment. Some have resulted in serious injury, or even death, and contributing factors included: using equipment not... Read more

Improving Maintenance - Reducing Human Error

A maintenance operator who is motivated, well trained, under no time pressure, given the correct information, and working with the equipment which has been designed to be maintenance friendly, will likely complete all specified maintenance work to a high standard ... Read more

AS 3873-2001 Pressure Equipment - Operation and Maintenance

Regulation 6.26 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995 (WA) state: (1)         An employer must ensure that —             (a)         gas cylinders comply with AS 2030; and             (b)         pressure equipment (other than gas cylinders) that is covered by AS... Read more

Mines Safety Significant Incident Report No. 160

During the cleaning out of a run-of-mine (ROM) crusher bin at an Eastern Goldfields mine, two maintenance personnel were crushed between the bin and an excavator counterweight. They sustained serious injuries, including multiple fractures. The excavator was being used to clean... Read more


Since 1996 in the underground coal industry, there have been two fatal accidents and one very serious accident (double amputation) all associated with maintenance work carried out underground on continuous miners. While the most recent accidents, one in Queensland (22/05/99) and... Read more


A coal mine maintenance fitter was fatally injured when the lifting cables of two hand winches failed and he was crushed under a heavy steel conveyor belt clamp beam. Key findings and recommendations are presented. ... Read more

Purchase, Operation and Maintenance of Underground Diesel Engined Mining Equipment

A comprehensive guideline for the design and maintenance of diesel engined equipment to be used in underground mines. The guide covers a wide range of specifications relevant to safety and fire prevention on diesel vehicles. A list of applicable Australian... Read more

MDG 39 Handbook for Approval Assessment of Transport Braking Systems on Free-Steered Vehicles in Underground Coal Mines

This handbook outlines requirements for design, installation, testing and maintenance of braking systems fitted to free-steered vehicles in underground coal mines. It aims to minimise risk of injury to all mine workers by providing an assessment document to assist persons... Read more

AS/NZS 2381.1:2005 Electrical Equipment for Explosive Gas Atmospheres - Selection, Installation and Maintenance

Regulation 21 of the Mining and Quarrying Health and Safety Regulation 2001 (Qld) states: (1) A person must not carry out work on electrical equipment that has explosion-protection, unless the person has the competencies to carry out the work. (2) In... Read more

AS/NZS 1873.1:2003 Power-Activated (PA) Hand-Held Fastening Tools

Under Regulation 422 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 (WA): The principal employer at, and the manager of, a mine must ensure that construction work at the mine is carried out in accordance with the applicable Australian Standards. This Standard is specified... Read more

AS/NZS 1891.4:2009 Industrial Fall-Arrest Systems and Devices

About this Standard: Specifies requirements and sets out recommendations for the selection, safe use and maintenance of industrial fall-arrest systems and devices based on the use of safety harnesses (including belts), horizontal life lines and rails, fall-arrest devices, and associated lanyards,... Read more

Beaching of vessels to perform maintenance

A fishing tour operator received fatal crush injuries after beaching his vessel on its keel to perform maintenance. The vessel was balanced on its keel allowing access to both sides of the vessel. The deceased was underneath the vessel when... Read more

Mines Safety Significant Incident Report No. 169

In late 2010, an employee sustained fatal injuries after apparently being struck by a suspension component that was ejected under high pressure during a routine maintenance operation. ... Read more

INVESTIGATION UNIT Fatal injuries during maintenance of shearer loader at underground coal mine

What Incident underground at a coal mine in Hunter Valley Replacing shear shaft of shearer loader Coupling breaks off and struck mineworker Injuries were fatal as a result of the combined effects of blood loss and brain injury Why Shearer loader isolation removed before maintenance work... Read more

Decontamination of explosives equipment prior to maintenance

What There appears to be an increasing frequency of incidents occurring in which explosives related equipment is sent to a workshop, sometimes within populated areas, for maintenance work to be carried out while the equipment remains contaminated with explosives or explosives... Read more

Preventive Maintenance

Preventive maintenance is an essential component of any health and safety program. However, maintenance activities can pose serious safety, health and ergonomic hazards to those performing these tasks. This workplace health and safety guideline explains the hazards of maintenance work... Read more

Track Dozer Maintenance

Problem Workers are exposed to hazards while performing maintenance on dozer tracks. Current precautions are bulky and unrealistic. Solution Left and Right Hand rails, 2 straight handrails, 4 track clamps and non-slip mats designed for dozer installation. Benefits 3 points of contact, reduced maintenance hazards,... Read more

Improving access to Heavy Earth Moving Equipment to Complete Maintenance Tasks

Problem Heavy earth moving equipment may be supplied with less than adequate access to key maintenance and servicing points. Solution An audit of access issues relating to new and existing equipment was conducted and engineering controls put in place. These controls and existing... Read more

Improving Maintenance by Reducing Human Error

Human error in maintenance can impact on safety in a number of ways. Poor repairs, for example, can increase the amount of unplanned maintenance and breakdowns which in turn can increase the risks associated with leaks and personal accidents ... Read more

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