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Dozer rolls over while levelling a windrow

A dozer tipped over incident while levelling windrow

The NSW Resources Regulator has reported a dozer rollover incident occurred at an open cut coal mine. According to the report, a dozer tipped on its side while in the process of levelling a windrow. The operator was able to exit the machine and sustained no injuries.

The Regulator said workers have a legislative duty to care for their own health and safety and that of others (s28 Work Health and Safety Act 2011). One of the duties is to cooperate with any reasonable policy or procedure. Failure to comply with a duty is an offence for which penalties apply.

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Site procedures are developed to help protect workers from injury or illness. Where a procedure exists for a particular task, workers should follow the procedure. Any deviation from a procedure should first be discussed with a supervisor and appropriate risk control measures put in place. 

The NSW Resources Regulator has noticed an increase in the number of reported incidents involving tracked dozers. The incidents occurred in a range of different circumstances. There have been several incidents in which machines have overturned. In each case, the operator was placed at risk of suffering serious injuries. Refer to safety bulletin SB19-01 Rise in dozer incidents putting operators at risk.

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AMSJ April 2022