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Incident | Dozer connects with bucket

The NSW Resources Regulator has reported a dozer incident at an open cut coal mine.

A dozer driver has connected with the bucket of an excavator as the dozer operator was doing a push across the face.

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The excavator operator placed the bucket on the bench for the dozer to push across the face. As the dozer pushed past the face, the excavator operator placed the bucket into the dig behind the dozer. 

The dozer operator reversed the dozer contacting the back of the bucket. No one was injured.

The Regulator commons, mine operators should remind all equipment operators of the importance of positive communication across all parts of the mine site. Dozer operators should make positive communications with excavators before entering any excavator swing radius. Mine operators should consider proximity awareness technologies for high interaction areas.

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