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Roof fall incident at underground coal mine

roof fall incident at underground coal mine

The NSW Resources Regulator has reported a roof fall incident at an underground coal mine. According to the report, a roof fall, approximately six metres long, measuring the full width of the drive (5.4 metres) and two metres high, occurred in the main gate of an underground coal mine directly behind the continuous miner where the area was supported. Two fitters on a continuous miner noticed some flaking in the roof and immediately went outbye just prior to the fall of ground. The ground failure was sudden.

The Regulator stated underground mines must have systems in place to ensure the correct installation of designed strata support. This includes requirements and frequency of encapsulation test, pull test, torque test on drill rigs and inspection of installation spacing. Once these requirements are determined mine operators must make compliance variations.

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The NSW Resources Regulator has reported a strata failure incident that occurred at an underground coal mine. According to the report, a roof fall occurred at an intersection in an underground coal mine. The fall was in an outbye area of the mine and extended into the cut-through, blocking the travel road. All personnel were safely evacuated and there were no injuries.

This incident is under investigation and further information may be published at a later date. The Regulator indicated that underground mines should review the adequacy of their strata monitoring arrangements and associated trigger action response plans (TARPs) to ensure that workers are not exposed to unacceptable risks associated with strata failure.

Refer to: NSW code of practice: Strata control in underground coal mines

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AMSJ April 2022