Australasian Mine Safety Journal

Australasia's Leading Journal in Mining Safety

  • Nurofen Plus sacking upheld by Fair Work Commission

    Nurofen Plus sacking upheld by Fair Work Commission

    A recent decision by the Fair Work Commission to not reinstate a worker after he was sacked for taking Nurofen Plus on the job has shone a light on the need for employee compliance with direction,...

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  • Adani fined for flood water release

    Adani fined for flood water release

    Adani’s Abbot Point Operations today confirmed it has received a Penalty Infringement Notice from the Queensland Government in relation to floodwater entering the Caley Valley Wetlands during...

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  • How do you plead? Guilty for failing to discharge safety & health obligation

    How do you plead? Guilty for failing to discharge safety & health obligation

    When Kiwi rugby player Jordan Taurima was killed at a worksite at Mount Isa Mines in 2013, no-one could have believed it. He, his wife and three sons were new to the area and they were keen to...

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  • Tropical cyclone Veronica loses intensity | Pilbara still on watch

    Tropical cyclone Veronica loses intensity | Pilbara still on watch

    The BOM have reported that Tropical Cyclone Veronica has been downgraded to a Category 2, with sustained winds near the centre of 95 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 130 kilometres per hour....

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  • Software, Sensors and Safety Add-Ons | The cost of remaining safe

    Software, Sensors and Safety Add-Ons | The cost of remaining safe

    The safety revelations surrounding the recent Boeing 737 Max crashes should make us stop and take a good hard look at whether available safety critical technology should be an option on many...

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  • Night owls have lower brain connectivity

    Night owls have lower brain connectivity

    ‘Night owls’ – those who go to bed late and then get up later – have significantly lower functional connectivity in the brain, slower reaction times, and may struggle with a standard 9-5 workday...

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  • Impact of mining on wetlands study

    Impact of mining on wetlands study

    UNSW Engineers want to learn more about the impact of coal mining on wetlands – before and after mining occurs. What happens to a swamp (wetland) when you dig a longwall coal mine beneath it? The...

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  • Unbalanced load during mill reline ejects parts 65m

    Unbalanced load during mill reline ejects parts 65m

    The NSW Resources Regulator has advised of a dangerous incident during relining of a mill at a mine site. During a planned shutdown for the relining of a mill, a maintenance worker was slowly...

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  • Vale announces another dam in critical condition

    Vale announces another dam in critical condition

    Vale has announced that another tailings dam is in critical condition. The South Superior Dam at the Gongo Soco mine has an imminent risk of rupture. Vale said in a media release this weekend that...

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  • BHP Port Hedland on red alert

    BHP Port Hedland on red alert

    BHPs Port Hedland operations have been shut down as the ‘severe’ rated tropical cyclone Veronica bears down on the West Australian coast. The BOM advised moments ago that Tropical cyclone Veronica...

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  • Excavator rollover after track crosses dozer push

    Excavator rollover after track crosses dozer push

    An excavator has rolled over onto its side in an NSW open cut. According to the regulator’s report, the excavator rollover occurred in a dozer push area after a track went over a 0.5 metre to...

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  • Excavator fire following return from service

    Excavator fire following return from service

    The NSW Resources Regulator has released preliminary information on the Liebherr 996 excavator fire that reportedly occurred at a Thiess operation approximately two weeks ago. AMSJ has been...

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  • Fortescue announces Karratha as base for autonomous vehicles centre

    Fortescue announces Karratha as base for autonomous vehicles centre

    Fortescue has announced the establishment of an autonomous vehicle research and development centre based in Karratha, Western Australia. The aim of the centre is to explore opportunities for the...

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  • Whitehaven blasted for less than competent blast | $38K fine imposed

    Whitehaven blasted for less than competent blast | $38K fine imposed

    A NSW Court has blasted Whitehaven Coal with a $38.5K fine following a 2016 blast that went wrong. The NSW Land and Environment Court convicted and fined Whitehaven Coal Mining Limited $38,500...

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  • Satellite imagery digital tool to avert mining disasters

    Satellite imagery digital tool to avert mining disasters

    Australian miners can avert catastrophic tailings dam collapses by using intelligence generated from satellite imagery and advanced processing techniques to monitor mine sites, thanks to a...

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  • Fixed stacker conveyor collapses at site | Corrosion prevention

    Fixed stacker conveyor collapses at site | Corrosion prevention

    The DMIRS have issued a significant incident report involving the collapse of a stacker conveyor at a site believed to be resulting from corrosion damage. We stress that the DMIRS investigation is...

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  • Anglo investing in cutting edge mine rehabilitation

    Anglo investing in cutting edge mine rehabilitation

    Anglo American’s Australian operations will invest more than $162 million in industry-leading mine rehabilitation over the next five years. Chief Executive Officer of Anglo American’s...

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  • Three workers killed in underground equipment fire

    Three workers killed in underground equipment fire

    Three mine workers have been killed in an underground equipment fire at Glencore JV owned Mopani Copper Mine in Zambia. The company has confirmed that three of its miners died after an underground...

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  • Regulator shuts down underground coal mine

    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...

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  • Maintainer killed by relief valve while jacking shovel

    Maintainer killed by relief valve while jacking shovel

    The US Mine Safety and Health Administration have released a report into a fatal mine accident where a maintainer was killed by a relief valve while jacking a shovel at a New Mexico mine on 6th...

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