In a dangerous incident this week a 50-tonne crane rolled on a ramp at NSW mine after losing its’ brakes.
The NSW Resources Regulator has reported that a 50-tonne slew crane rolled while travelling down a ramp at an open cut coal mine. The incident occurred on the second successive long ramp of the journey.
It was reported that the crane lost brake function. The operator attempted twice to slow the crane by steering it into a windrow. No injuries were reported. Workers exited via the windscreen.
Recommendations to industry: NSW Resources Regulator inspectors attended the mine and issued a s195 prohibition notice preventing the crane from being recovered until appropriate risk controls have been established.