The NSW Resources Regulator has reported a mining vehicle incident occurred at an open cut coal mine. According to the report, an operator was sitting in his light vehicle with the door open, after clearing a fault on a stacker. An unplanned movement of the stacker caused the front buffer of the stacker to hit the open door of the vehicle, causing the door frame to buckle and the glass to shatter. The operator was uninjured.
The Regulator indicated that operators need to remain situationally aware around moving plant, particularly when there is no clearly identified delineation zone. Drivers should ensure that no part of their vehicle encroaches into the danger zone. Where there is moving components on fixed infrastructure, exclusion zones need to be determined and appropriate delineation installed.
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The NSW Resources Regulator has published a truck incident in an open cut mine. According to the report, a truck was on the workshop deadline for a defect repair. After parking the truck, the operator exited the machine and the truck rolled backwards approximately 65 metres and collided with the pump at the wash bay.
It has been identified that the parking brake had not been applied. The mine also identified that the park up hump standard had deteriorated from recent wet weather events and failed to prevent the truck from rolling away.
To respond the incident, the Regulator said: “where the ground is contoured to make vehicles fundamentally stable, mine operators must ensure the contours are to standard as per the procedure and are remediated if required.
Park brake safety interlocks should be checked as part of pre-operational inspections and should never be used as the primary means of applying the parking brake.