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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The NSW Resources Regulator has reported an incident where a dozer rollover occurred.
It said “A dozer operator was cleaning up a bench floor at night when it backed over some large rocks and rolled onto its side. The operator was not injured.”
Following the investigation into this Dozer rollover incident and several other incidents in which tracked dozers overturned, the NSW Resources Regulator identified a range of contributing factors and published a safety bulletin. Recommendations on managing risks to dozer operators can be found in safety bulletin SB19-01 Rise in dozer incidents putting operators at risk