Australasian Mine Safety Journal

Australasia's Leading Journal in Mining Safety

  • WA releases performance benchmarks for mine safety inspection

    WA releases performance benchmarks for mine safety inspection

    The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has announced performance benchmarks for mine safety inspection and compliance activities across the WA mining industry...

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  • 72 year old woman first to be jailed for ‘breach of duty’

    72 year old woman first to be jailed for ‘breach of duty’

    A 72-year-old woman is believed to be the first person sentenced to prison in Australia under the breach of duty provisions of occupational health and safety legislation. On 19th December, the...

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  • Vent tube chain squashed underground miner’s fingers

    Vent tube chain squashed underground miner’s fingers

    A mining accident at a New South Wales mine has resulted in a mineworker suffering two fractured fingers from a vent tube chain while operating a shuttle car at an underground mine. According to...

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  • Sinkhole demonstrates dangers around old workings

    Sinkhole demonstrates dangers around old workings

    The Western Australia Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has released an alert in relation to a sinkhole that opened in a pit floor engulfing a tool carrier and explosives...

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  • Dozer rolls on side at NSW mine

    Dozer rolls on side at NSW mine

    In the week ending 4th January 2019, the NSW Resources Regulator recorded 73 reportable incidents. In one of this week’s near-miss events, a dozer rolls onto its side while operating on a coal...

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  • Video emerges of Rio Cape Lambert conveyor belt fire

    Video emerges of Rio Cape Lambert conveyor belt fire

    A video has emerged of the conveyor belt fire at the Cape Lambert port facility last Thursday. It is believed that the fire originated from hot work during a shutdown at the Rio Tinto JV Robe...

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  • Mining industry farewells a champion

    Mining industry farewells a champion

    The Queensland mining industry has farewelled Big Al (Allan Houston) in a moving service in Rockhampton on Monday. Allan was tragically killed in a dozer incident at the Saraji Mine on New Year’s...

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  • NSW Women in mining awards

    NSW Women in mining awards

    The NSW Minerals Council has announced the 2019 Women in Mining Awards. The awards ceremony will be held in late June 2019. The Mineral Council said via their website ‘There are a growing number...

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  • Government sues ammonium nitrate trucking company

    Government sues ammonium nitrate trucking company

    The Queensland State government has commenced an action against an ammonium nitrate trucking company for almost $8 million in damages following a road train explosion in 2014 near Charleville. The...

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  • CSIRO Cyanide Free gold technology improves safety & environment

    CSIRO Cyanide Free gold technology improves safety & environment

    When it comes to safety and responsibly managing waste from mining operations, cyanide has been an ongoing concern for many years. Australia’s CSIRO has developed new initiatives to minimise harm...

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  • Incident review | Face shovel operator crushed to death

    Incident review | Face shovel operator crushed to death

    Back in April 2018, the tragic death of a face shovel operator at Griffin Coal’s Ewington site in Collie highlighted inherent risks with hydraulic access ladders, when an operator was crushed to...

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  • Safety troubled Dartbrook mine set to re-open

    Safety troubled Dartbrook mine set to re-open

    ASX listed Australian Pacific Coal (reportedly part owned by the Tinkler family) is set to re-open the former mining safety troubled Dartbrook coal mine that saw three fatalities over a 12 year...

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  • 21 miners dead after roof fall in Chinese mine overnight

    21 miners dead after roof fall in Chinese mine overnight

    UPDATED 4.31pm – 13th January. A roof fall at a Chinese coal mine overnight has claimed the life of 21 coal mine workers. Search efforts this morning (13th January) have confirmed two coal mine...

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  • Is mining safety a journey or a destination?

    Is mining safety a journey or a destination?

    OPINION  There is no doubt that there are some safety challenges facing the mining industry in Australia. While it’s clear that there are pockets of excellence with some outstanding initiatives...

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  • Ground control guidance for mining operations

    Ground control guidance for mining operations

    The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is seeking public comment on a suite of guidance materials developed for ground control for WA mining operations. The department has...

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  • Driver of BHP runaway train sacked

    Driver of BHP runaway train sacked

    The driver of BHP runaway train was sacked in the weeks before Christmas according to a recent report from ABC news According to reports, the 63-year-old driver was notified of his dismissal on...

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  • Heavy vehicle national law impacts safety professionals

    Heavy vehicle national law impacts safety professionals

    Following changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law late last year, there is some confusion as well as a number of common misunderstandings within the transport industry about certain OHS-related...

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  • Department launches investigation into Saraji Incident

    Department launches investigation into Saraji Incident

    In the lead up to the funeral of miner Allan Houston next Monday, the Queensland Mines Inspectorate has announced an investigation into the incident that claimed his life at the BMA Saraji Mine on...

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  • Dozer incident at QAL | D6 Slips off dam wall

    Dozer incident at QAL | D6 Slips off dam wall

    Rio’s QAL has confirmed a serious dozer incident occurred at its’ Gladstone operations in early December. The incident involved a contracted Caterpillar D6 Dozer that was transversing an internal...

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  • Funeral Notice for Saraji Miner Allan Houston

    Funeral Notice for Saraji Miner Allan Houston

    The funeral notice for Saraji miner Allan Houston who was tragically killed in a dozer accident on NYE at the BMA Saraji Mine has been issued. Many of our readers knew Allan (Al) and may wish to...

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