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Dump truck incident at open-cut coal mine

Dump truck incident

The NSW Resources Regulator has reported a dump truck incident that occurred at an open cut coal mine. A dump truck dropped about one to two metres when the dump wall failed as the operator was tipping a load.

The Regulator stated mine operators must have safe systems of work in place to inspect dumps. These inspections must consider weathering effects, groundwater and conditions that affect the dump wall stability. Refer to: Safety Bulletin SB20-01 Failure of highwalls, low walls and dumps.

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A recent dump truck incident at a Northern NSW Open Cut coal mine has re-inforced the value of seat belts. The operator only received minor injuries but was considerably shaken after hitting a windrow.

According to the report, an operator driving a fully loaded dump truck was descending a ramp when the truck has veered into a windrow and rolled onto its side. 

The NSW Resources Regulator said, “mine operators should reinforce the application of procedures, including fatigue management, use of mobile phones and compliance with speed signs. “

“Equipment operators must maintain situational awareness and remain vigilant of the risk of machine rollovers. This incident underpins the importance of wearing seatbelts as a mitigating control. When planning tasks and travel paths, supervisors must consider rollover hazards. ” Recommendations on managing risks to operators can be found in safety bulletin SB17-01 Industry reports more truck rollover incidents.

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AMSJ April 2022