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Bushfire smoke effects in underground mines

Bushfire smoke in underground mines

With the range of bushfires burning across Australia at the moment, miners are advised to consider the potential effects of smoke in underground mine ventilation given its ability to mask a range of...

Arccing from continuous miner cable

Continuous miner cable arcing

The NSW Regulator has drawn attention to potential arcing issues with continuous miner cables after an arc incident. According to the regulator, a damaged continuous miner cable arced when a worker...

HV cables in coal mine black cat

LHD clips high voltage cables | Mine shuts down

In a somewhat bizarre but frightening incident, a Load Haul Dumper (LHD) operator has shut down an underground coal mine when a raised bucket clipped high voltage cables in a roadway. The NSW...

Wongawilli undeground coal mine shut down

Regulator shuts down underground coal mine

The NSW Regulator has shut down an underground coal mine amidst concerns for the safety of mine workers. The stop work order follows compliance action being undertaken for fire risks on conveyors on...

calibrating a gas detector

Calibrating a gas detector costs a life

It seems almost incomprehensible that the process of calibrating a gas detector would cost an underground miner his life…but it did. This is the tragic story of Paul Maguire who died at work at...

Dangerous Incident Safety Incident Coal Mine

Dangerous incident – Miner Driver Injured

Summary: A continuous miner driver was hit in the back and knocked over by rib spall. He was found by another operator. Poor ribs had been identified but had not been barred down. Recommendations to...