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Broken Hill mine prosecuted by the Resources Regulator

A mine operator has been fined $500,000 following an investigation and prosecution by the Resources Regulator relating to the serious injury of a worker at the Perilya Broken Hill Southern Operations...

Mine Safety With ACG Events

The Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) based at The University of Western Australia is hosting a number of international conferences this year.

Here Be Dragons

By Dave Whitefield A Strange Start but Please Stay with Me The term “Here Be Dragons” was used by cartographers as recently as the 1500s to mark uncharted areas on maps. It was designed to scare...

Close Call Accident Alert – Dirt Dump

Surface – Slope Failure – On April 18, 2018, a front-end loader operator observed that a portion of the “dirt dump” or refuse pile located on the top rim of the quarry had sloughed and...

Safety Alert: Finger caught in alternator pulley

An operator was checking for exhaust leaks in a truck when his finger was caught in the alternator pulley. The worker required several stiches to the finger and time off work. Entanglement is one of...

Severe Incident: Spontaneous Combustion

Summary: A spontaneous combustion event at an open cut coal mine was reported to the Resources Regulator, but it had not been notified by the mine. The mine was responding to an ongoing heating event...

Dangerous Incident: Truck Collision

Summary: A service truck collided with a fully loaded ultra-class haul truck at a four-way intersection. Recommendations to industry: This incident is the subject of a major investigation. An...

Serious injury: Slab of coal injures worker

Summary: At an underground coal mine, a worker suffered a broken ankle when a slab of coal hit him. The slab was reported to be about 1 m high and 0.5 m thick and broke away from the upper rib...

Dangerous Incident: Unplanned Movement on Conveyor Belt

Summary: An unplanned movement occurred on a continuous miner conveyor boom. The movement only stopped when the boom reached the mechanical stops. The fault could be repeated. Recommendations to...

Dangerous Incident: High Voltage Cable Damaged

Summary: At an underground metalliferous mine, a high voltage cable was damaged when an underground loader lifted its bucket to dump a load and impacted the cable. Recommendations to...

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