Serious injury report

July 2, 2018 Tara

Serious injury | SinNot 2018/01023

Summary:The windscreen of a loader smashed when a rock hit it. An excavator was operating at the top of a face casting material in a single pass down four benches to the pit floor. The loader then took material to a crusher. The incident was not reported when it occurred because it was thought not to be a reportable incident.

Recommendations to industry: Work methods and the controls used must consider the risk of falling material and locations of people.
Mines should refer to the recommendations in safety bulletin SB18-05 Increase in shattered windscreens on mobile plant.
Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013 section 15 requires mine operators to report incidents. The Resources Regulator website has numerous resources to assist determining what incidents are notifiable and the process. Supervisors should be trained in incident management including notification.

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