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Dangerous Incident – Reaming Cutter Head Fell

Summary: During raise bore operations of a 5 m diameter shaft, a rod string broke. The reaming cutter head fell 198 m onto a muck pile. No-go zones and barricading were in place (as per the mine’s...

Safety Alert – Rock drill hits right leg

A worker was part of a three-man team, using an air leg drill. The worker was securing the BTE foot piece when he noticed the shoulder of the bench they were working on start to crumble. He shouted...

Serious Accident Alert – Excavator Operator Trapped

Surface – Sand and Gravel – On April 14, 2018, an excavator operator was trapped in the cab for several minutes after material from a bank fell engulfing the excavator. The miner suffered injuries to...

Serious injury – Articulated Water Cart Rolled Over

Overview A worker suffered a serious laceration on his lower back when the articulated water cart he was driving rolled over. Other workers provided first aid to the injured worker before he was...

Changes protect workers exposed to lead processes

SafeWork Australia has consulted with regulators, unions and industry groups in developing a Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) Managing the risks associated with lead in the workplace: blood...

SEASONED MINER TACKLES SAFETY IN THE INDUSTRY

Queensland’s newest Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health is no stranger to mining, with more than a decade of hands-on industry experience. Kate du Preez outlines her vision for safer and...

Preparing Financially for the Inevitable Downturn

For the first time in many years, the global mining forecast is looking fairly good, however, for those working in the mining industry across the globe, there are many things that continue to make...

Land contamination

By Phil Abernethy Land contamination is the degradation of the earth’s land surface through poor agricultural practices, mineral exploitation, industrial waste dumping, the introduction of hazardous...

AMSJ Spring 2018