The NSW Resources Regulator has reported an accident at an open cut coal mine where a light vehicle being driven by a contractor collided with a barrier on the edge of a mine access road. The barrier intruded into the front passenger side of the vehicle. Statements indicate that the driver may have been distracted by a kangaroo.
The Regulator suggests mine operators should ensure light vehicle operators are aware of the hazards in relation to local wildlife. In addition, mine operators should also ensure that light vehicles are fitted with safety features that provide protection if a crash occurs. Features include crumple zones, airbags, seat belts and active safety assist technologies.
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The NSW Resources Regulator has published a video which highlights the risks of vehicles interaction. The Regulator stated, “various hazards exist in surface mining operations, including the principal hazard of roads or other vehicle operating areas. “
Incidents that expose workers to significant health and safety risks due to collisions, rollovers, and interaction of mobile plant is detailed in the video.
Although the severity of the outcomes of recent incidents has ranged from a near miss to minor injuries of personnel involved, the Regulator wants to remind mine operators that the potential outcome of these incidents could have resulted in severe and/or fatal injuries.”