Resources Safety and Health Queensland has reported a collision incident at a surface mine due to lack of positive communications.
According to the report, a service truck entered a drill pad to service two drills.Positive communications were confirmed with the first drill operator and the service was completed. However, positive communications were NOT confirmed with the second drill operator.
The coal mine worker stopped the service truck behind the second drill. The drill was trammed into the truck and turned the truck on its side.
The Queensland government’s recommendations:
Site Senior Executives
• Ensure that the procedures controlling mobile equipment interaction at the mine are effective and all coal mine workers are competent in their use.
The senior position responsible for field servicing within the management structure
• Ensure coal mine workers who conduct field servicing are competent to RIIAM212E – Service mine plant or equipment, or its equivalent.
Coal mine workers
• When you approach mobile plant and are not able to confirm positive communication with the plant operator, do not move into their area until positive communication is confirmed. Doing so will create an unacceptable level of risk.
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