Serious injury report

July 2, 2018 Tara

Serious injury | SinNot 2018/00993

Summary: A rubber-tyred dozer was damaged when a rock fell from a highwall. The dozer was working underneath the pre-split high wall conducting clean-up work for the face shovel. A rock fell from the high wall and hit the right-hand side of the dozer. The impact caused damage to the electrical systems on the machine, shutting it down and disabling the radio. The operator had to flag down a haul truck operator for assistance.

Recommendations to industry: Risk assessments must be conducted establishing appropriate controls for hazards associated with  highwalls before working under them. Workers must remain vigilant and not rely on other workers’ inspections when working near highwalls.

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