Dangerous Incident – Articulated Water Cart Overturned

Summary: A loaded articulated water cart was travelling down a ramp when it began a right-hand turn and lost control and overturned. The operator’s cabin was significantly damaged, trapping the operator for some time until he was able to release himself from the vehicle.

Recommendations to industry: This incident is the subject of a major investigation.
The Resources Regulator will be undertaking a campaign targeting the safe operation of articulated trucks in mines, with a zero tolerance approach to machine defects, non-compliant access systems, and less than adequate operator training systems. Mine operators should review the effectiveness of controls identified within their safety management systems to manage risks associated with articulated trucks.

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