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Speeding haul truck incident sends shockwaves through industry

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A speeding haul truck could have collided at a NSW mine

A speeding haul truck incident at a NSW mine in the last week has sent shockwaves through the industry after another close call.

The NSW Resources Regulator says ‘a large haul truck was travelling at speed into a mine when the operator took a wide turn. To avoid a collision with an oncoming haul truck, the driver over-steered the vehicle, causing the front right-hand tyre to fail and the front of the truck to dig into the ground.

The truck was driven another 15 metres at a speed of about 50km/h. Additionally, a rock fell off one haul truck onto the other haul truck, breaking the right-hand side windscreen.

Recommendations to industry: All mines must consider the hazard of speeding while driving. Engineering controls need to be considered to minimise this risk. The use of speed monitoring and alarms need to be considered and the appropriate action is taken when speeding is identified

Reference NSW Dangerous incident | IncNot 0034039

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