The NSW Resources Regulator has published a dangerous incident involving a water truck incident where an unqualified driver lost control and rolled over at an underground metal mine.
According to the report, a water truck lost control on a ramp and rolled over. The driver sustained minor injuries. Preliminary findings suggest that the brakes failed and the driver, who was not qualified to drive a water truck, was unable to bring the truck to a stop.
To respond to the incident, the Regulator said, mine operators must have documented life-cycle maintenance strategies for plant and ensure that maintenance is undertaken in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Workers must not operate the plant without training and must be assessed as competent to operate that specific plant. Pre-start assessments must be carried out prior to operating mobile plant.
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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.