AMSJ » Mining Accident

Category - Mining Accident

Mining accidents may involve people and/or property damage. Typical mining accidents include vehicle collisions, fires, explosions, fall from a height, crushed, sprains and strains. Mining accident may be relevant to the mine resources being mines. Open-cut (sometimes referred to as open cast) mining accident commonly involve vehicles such as large mining trucks. Underground coal mines are known for explosive gases such as methane which, if not managed appropriately, may result in an explosion. Underground metal mines are also prone to mining accidents including falls into stopes by plant and equipment, vehicle collisions, equipment fires, engulfment by ore bodies.AMSJ provides relevant information in relation to mining accidents.

Fundamentally, mining accidents don’t just happen. They are caused by a failure of plant or equipment or systems to control hazards.

On April 26, 1942, during World War II, in the Benxihu (Honkeiko) coal mine in Liaoning Province, China, what is believed to be the worst mining disaster in history took the lives of over 1,500 people.

Mining accidents may have severe consequences for those involved in the accident because of the energy sources involved. There are frequently multiple fatalities in mining accidents.

In recent times ethical mining companies typically commit to accident prevention programs. These programs examine the hazards and risks associated with the activities of mining and implement controls to prevent accidents.

The Australasian Mine Safety Journal website contains a range of information on mining accidents and prevention strategies to stop accidents occurring.

Jaw crusher barring steel

Fast-moving projectile strikes worker in the head

An underground employee literally copped a mouthful after mine equipment suddenly ejected a large shrapnel piece. Authorities recently examined exactly what caused barring steel to fly out of a jaw...

Komatsu driverless trucks

Mining giant accepts blame for workplace fatality

A multinational resources company confessed to unlawfully causing one employee death at a mine site. A Rio Tinto subsidiary recently pleaded guilty to failing to enforce speed limits, resulting in a...

Conveyor belt

Horrific conveyor accident kills worker

Authorities are examining circumstances surrounding an equipment-related workplace death. Police, WorkSafe Western Australia and the State Department of Fire and Emergency Services recently...

CBH Resources truck cab

Truck cabin falls onto mine worker

A sudden movement caused part of a heavy vehicle to come crashing down onto an underground employee. During routine maintenance a fitter accidentally bumped a stay that was holding up a truck cabin...

Fail safe brake interlocks

Malfunctioning fail-safe brake hospitalises worker

Authorities are investigating how a mine employee became injured despite safeguards in place. Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) wants to know exactly how a runaway, light vehicle recently...

Light vehicle pedestrian accident

Multi-vehicle collision pins coal worker

A mine employee might consider buying a lotto ticket after being fortunate enough to walk away from a pile-up accident. One coal worker was recently sandwiched between utility vehicles at an...

Bulldozer

Wrong step sends worker to emergency department

An employee learnt the hard way to take greater care when exiting machinery. One operator was recently hospitalised with serious injuries after falling from his dozer. The worker had finished...

Underground rock fall

Rockfall hospitalises mine worker despite wearing PPE

Headwear likely prevented an underground fatality but one employee still required urgent medical attention. A blasting worker recently became hospitalised after multiple rocks fell about 3.5 metres...

Roof bolting rig

Part of mine roof swings down and hospitalises worker

Ceiling support infrastructure became loose and severely injured a resources employee. A mine worker was recently rushed to the emergency department with two broken ribs and a lacerated lung due to a...

Collapsed boom damages truck

Catastrophic failure extensively damages truck

An aerial lift machinery accident severely damaged a heavy vehicle in North Queensland. Authorities recently investigated how a mobile concrete placing boom suddenly collapsed onto a truck cabin...

Water truck spotter

Water truck strikes and pins helpful worker

A heavy vehicle collided with and squeezed a colleague who tried to help the driver navigate through a work site. A concrete batching plant worker learnt the hard way not to stand in the path of...

AMSJ April 2022