During recent assessment activities, NSW Resources Regulator inspectors have identified recurring instances in which protection devices on longwall equipment aimed to protect workers from serious injury or death, were missing and/or damaged.
Protection devices were provided by either original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), recommended by industry-recognised bodies or legislated as hazard control measures.
Examples of missing or damaged protection devices included, but were not limited to:
missing or damaged base lift guards on powered roof supports sections of conveyor emergency pull wire (lanyard) not readily accessible for a worker potentially trapped in a danger area and a worker nearby (AS 4024-3610: sect 188.8.131.52).
Further information and recommendations
For further details and Resources Regulator recommendations to industry, download the full version of the safety bulletin here.