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Importance of good ventilation in underground mines

Good ventilation in underground mines gives the ability to remove and dilute harmful dust and gas. The dust and gas can be a by-product of the ore being mined, explosives or machinery exhaust. Mine...

Risk of body stressing and mining

As with all jobs, working in the mining industry carries risks. Some inherent risks include slips, trips or falls, impacts with moving machinery or objects, manual handling and body stressing. From...

Machines a matter of life and death: MinEx

There are no second chances with heavy machinery says WorkSafe after the sentencing of Easton Agriculture Limited this week in Palmerston North District Court. The sentencing follows the death of a...

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Dangerous incident: Truck loses control

Summary: A dump truck lost control while travelling down a ramp. The dump truck was empty with the road conditions wet from recent water cart activity and a passing storm. The dump truck slid out at...

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Serious injury: Child

Summary: Police informed the mine a child had an accident on the mountain behind the administration area on site. The area, which was locked, was opened to allow the ambulance and police to find the...

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Dangerous incident: Electric Shock

Summary: A contractor was re-gassing a light vehicle when he felt an electric shock from a 240-volt re-gassing machine. The contractor did not report the incident until the end of his shift, so the...

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Dangerous Incident: Trailer

Summary: During the unloading of a trailer at the processing site the trailer has rolled onto its side when the 3rd stage of the hoist ram has been reached. The truck’s cabin has lent to the...

Electrical Safety – Use of reclosers on mine sites

Electrical inspectors of mines are still asked if reclosers may be used to control and protect high voltage (HV) electrical equipment and HV overhead distribution powerlines located on mine sites...

DANGEROUS INCIDENT REPORT

Summary: A truck-mounted crane was to be used to assist with a repair to a shroud on the bucket of an excavator. While preparing the crane, the procedure was not followed correctly. This, in turn...

SERIOUS INJURY REPORT

Summary: An operator was in a man basket recovering ventilation tubes. As the operator was breaking the tubes for a new auxiliary fan location the operator removed the chain and pulled the tubes...

DANGEROUS INCIDENT REPORT

Summary: A Cat 777 service cart skidded while travelling down the main pit access ramp. It veered to the right across the grade and then rolled over. A watercart operator had previously watered the...

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