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The Economics of Workplace Safety

  By R. Todd Swinderman / RToddS Engineering, LLC CEO Emeritus, Martin Engineering It isn’t a question of “if”, it’s a question of “when” your business will experience a serious workplace...

Close Call Alert: Truck Makes Contact with Powerline

Surface – Limestone– On April 5, 2018, a concrete pumper truck made contact with a 13.2 KV overhead powerline. The powerline broke and fell on the cab of a tractor trailer truck. The driver of the...

Serious injury: Worker Suffered Serious Head Injuries

Summary: A worker suffered serious head injuries when he was hit by an unsecured bracket that fell while decommissioning a crane. The bracket, weighing 50 kg, fell about 10 metres from the top of the...

Serious injury: Miner Suffers Spinal Injuries

Summary: The owner/operator of an opal mine suffered spinal injuries when he fell down a shaft. He was fixing a ladder to the shaft wall when it gave way and he fell 6 to 9 metres. Emergency services...

Dangerous incident: Electrician Suffers Shocks

Summary: An electrician suffered several electric shocks when a second electrician carried out an insulation test on the cable they were working on. The electricians were at opposite ends of the...

Dangerous incident : Trailer Overturned During Tipping

Summary: While delivering sand to a mine, a second trailer overturned during tipping. When approaching full height, the driver noticed the trailer leaning to the left and stopped tipping. The trailer...

Dangerous incident: Miner Injured

Summary: A continuous miner driver was hit in the back and knocked over by rib spall. He was found by another operator. Poor ribs had been identified but had not been barred down. Recommendations to...

Serious injury: Cracked Ribs After Fall

Summary: A loader operator suffered three cracked ribs after falling 1.5 metres from a loader. He was standing on the top rung of the access ladder when he had a back spasm. Recommendations to...

Dangerous Incident: Ignition of Methane

Incident date: 23 January 2018 Event: Ignition of methane at continuous miner working face Location: Chain Valley Colliery – Vales Point NSW Overview A frictional ignition of methane occurred at an...

AMSJ Spring 2018