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Water cart rollover over at Mount Arthur

water cart rollover at Mt Arthur mine
A similar incident occurred in 2011 involving a water cart (Picture for Illustration Only)

The NSW Resources Regulator has confirmed today of a water cart rollover at Mt Arthur Coal Mine. The regulator said that on Friday, 18th January, the mine operator at Mt Arthur Coal Mine, in the Hunter Valley, notified the NSW Resources Regulator that a water cart had rolled over, resulting in the driver being temporarily trapped. The worker was assisted from the vehicle and did not appear to sustain any significant injuries.


water tank rollover
A rollover incident at a Queensland mine in 2018. Not actual incident

According to available information, AMSJ has confirmed that a 46-year-old mineworker was taken to hospital for tests after the rollover incident which reportedly occurred on a sloping pile of overburden around 10 am last Friday.


BHP confirmed have since confirmed that the NSW Ambulance responded to the incident after an initial statement implying that the Ambulance service did not attend, the worker was not injured and “site paramedics have conducted standard checks”.

The NSW Ambulance said the service was contacted at 10.44am and responded. An Ambulance spokesperson said “It appeared to be a single-vehicle incident where the truck rolled. The patient was extracted from the truck. He received a minor injury to the head, a laceration, and has been taken to the hospital.”

water tanker rollover
Image for illustration only. Not actual event

Inspectors and investigators from the NSW Resources Regulator were deployed to the site to undertake the water cart rollover investigation on Friday.

Mt Arthur Coal Pty Ltd, owned by BHP operates the Mt Arthur Coal Mine 5 km southwest of Muswellbrook, NSW. The large, open cut mine uses a strip-mining method to remove overburden and coal by shovel and excavators. Haul trucks transport the overburden and coal to onsite processing and transport facilities. The mine is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The mine produces coal for domestic and international energy sector customers.

Summary of major incidents/accidents at Mount Arthur (As recorded by AMSJ)

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  • In 2017 the Resource Regular issued Safety Bulletin No: SB17-01 to highlight to the mining industry that there had been a significant rise in truck rollovers. Quoting from the safety bulletin “For the three-year period between July 2013 and June 2016, 91 rollover incidents of trucks were reported to the department. On average, a truck rollover occurs in NSW every 12 days…”

    I find it difficult to comprehend how BHP spokesperson could describe the incident as “minor”. A Caterpillar 777F fitted with a 70,000 Litre Water Tank, is approximately 5m high, 7m wide and if the take if full weighs approximately 150 tonnes. When a machone of that size rolls over, it is not a minor occurrence.

    Whilst it has been reported that the operator of the machine did not sustain major injuries, you can almost guarantee that their mental health from anxiety as a result of being strapped in a machine 4m off the ground as it rolls over, will not be minor.

AMSJ April 2022