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2022 - April

NZ Alert - Another ADT rollover - 13 May

Rock fall hits employee during development heading charging - 13 May

Blasthole drill rig trammed onto the highwall protection berm - 13 May

Employee injured while removing trench support sheets - 13 May

Unplanned release of joint from elevators during drilling operations - 13 May

NSW Summary - Access ladder retracted while operator entered the cabin - 13 May

NZ Alert - Laceration above right eye - 6 May

Health & Safety Work Act protects your involvement in work health and safety - 6 May

Foot injury when hitching a trailer - 6 May

Fatality Alert - Bulldozer went over the edge of the highwall 6 May

Support a safe start for greenhands - 6 May

NSW Summary - Dozer and truck collide - 6 May

NZ Alert - Finger crush injury - 29 Apr

Register to the MinEx Health & Safety workshops in May - 29 Apr

Fatality Alert - A dump truck rolled backwards onto a miner - 29 Apr

Arc flash injury during generator hookup - 29 Apr

Fatality Alert - Miner struck by roof fall - 29 Apr

NSW Summary - Truck and dozer collide - 29 Apr

NZ Alert - Worker falls exiting truck - 22 Apr

A falling concrete boom damaged the cabin of a truck - 22 Apr

A worker fell from a bridge deck through an unprotected opening - 22 Apr

High winds detached a section of the cover over the main aggregate conveyor - 22 Apr

NSW Summary - A highwall failed and material breached the exclusion zones - 22 Apr

NSW Summary - Movement of conveyor belt caused it to topple conveyor lifters - 22 Apr

NZ Alert - Remain vigilant on worker health - 8 Apr

Fatality Alert - Three workers fell from scaffold - 8 Apr

Impacts of severe weather on slope stability - 8 Apr

Water cart struck by excavator bucket - 8 Apr

Fatality Alert - Worker pinned by overturned forklift - 8 Apr

NSW Summary - Mounting bolts broke and dislodged - 8 Apr

NZ Alert - Fire on dump truck - 1 Apr

Underground coal mine worker fatally injured - 1 Apr

Dropped objects microlearning video - 1 Apr

Dropped casing pipe strikes worker - 1 Apr

Vehicle struck by temporary management barrier - 1 Apr

NSW Summary - A spray rig's exhaust caught fire - 1 Apr

2022 - March

NZ Alert - Fire on front-end loader - 25 Mar

Fatality Alert - Conveyor entrapment - 25 Mar

Operator struck by forklift - 25 Mar

Reported hand injuries increase within the mining sector - 25 Mar

A haul truck hit the windrow - 25 Mar

NSW Summary Boilermaker suffered an electric shock - 25 Mar

NZ Alert  - Heavy vehicle runs over light vehicle - 18 Mar

Guide on Respirable Crystalline Silica - 18 Mar

Good practice posters for dust control measures - 18 Mar

Failure of goaf well skid safety system - 18 Mar

Welding related electric shocks increase - 18 Mar

Truck propelled forward while transmission was checked - 18 Mar

NZ Alert - Worker struck while fixing pump - 11 Mar

Failure of lifting eyebolt causes load to fall onto the plant walkway - 11 Mar

Fatality Alert - Fall from height while replacing a belt conveyor roller - 11 Mar

Fatality Alert - A miner died when a tree fell onto his truck - 11 Mar

Sudden explosion of tyre on front end loader - 11 Mar

NSW Summary - Uncontrolled movement of low loader - 11 Mar

NZ Alert - Air line blew off rattle gun - 4 Mar

Register to the MinEx Health & Safety Workshops in April - 4 Mar

A reversing truck struck the spotter - 4 Mar

A loader operator died when a large rock fell from the mine roof - 4 Mar

A void opened underneath a dozer working on a stockpile - 4 Mar

NSW Summary - Reversing loader hit a parked light vehicle - 4 Mar

2022 - February

NZ Alert - Fatal injury during hydraulic hose repair - 25 Feb

Significant safety and health incidents inspectorate - 25 Feb

Miner fatally injured in the return idler on a belt conveyor - 25 Feb

Issues related to fume management equipment at mine sites - 25 Feb

Operator crushed finger between LV tray and explosives box - 25 Feb

NSW Summary - Fire occurred on a MMU truck after it returned empty from the pit - 25 Feb

NZ Alert - Uncontrolled movement of dozer - 18 Feb

Development mining near wells - 18 Feb

Safe use of portable generators - 18 Feb

Power tool battery fires - 18 Feb

Situational Awareness: A key to avoiding errors - 18 Feb

NSW Summary - Workers narrowly avoid falling hub - 18 Feb

NZ Alert - Worker falls during maintenance - 11 Feb

Fatality Alert - Mudslide and engulfment of excavator - 11 Feb

Damaged excavator recoil spring fragment became a projectile - 11 Feb

Failure of wire rope on rising skip - 11 Feb

NSW Summary - Dozer rolled over bank - 11 Feb

NSW Summary - Premature detonation of loaded shot hole - 11 Feb

NZ Alert Are you prepared for Omicron - 4 Feb

A dump truck ran over back of mechanics light vehicle - 4 Feb

Unplanned movement of conveyor belt - 4 Feb

Conveyor worker removed guarding from conveyor without LOTO - 4 Feb

NSW Summary - A dump truck tray hit and pulled down live overhead powerlines - 4 Feb

NSW Summary - Forklift overturned at the Give Way sign - 4 Feb

2021 - December

NZ Alert - Fatigue is a real factor in accidents - 17 Dec

WorkSafe - Fatigue quick guide - 17 Dec

Contact tracing guidance for workplaces - 17 Dec

Dump truck runaway and overturn - 17 Dec

Worker crushed by falling load - 17 Dec

Fall from height while working on a powerscreen - 17 Dec

NZ Alert - Dust and wind hazards - 10 Dec

Excavator operator lacerates leg on blade - 10 Dec

Summary report regarding fatality of quarry worker - 10 Dec

Fires occur after servicing mobile plant - 10 Dec

Operator injured by arm rest on excavator - 10 Dec

Worker received electric shock and burns while resetting a circuit breaker - 10 Dec

NZ Alert - Move to Covid-19 Protection Framework - 3 Dec

Valve fell from height and struck a worker - 3 Dec

Unlicensed operator tipped over a vehicle loading crane - 3 Dec

Angle grinder kicked back and travelled across workers arm - 3 Dec

Partial de-gloving injury to left hand ring finger - 3 Dec

NSW Summary - Worker hit by fallen rib material - 3 Dec

2021 - November

NZ Alert - Strong wind damages shed -26 Nov

WorkSafe energy safety newsletter - 26 Nov

Gas monitoring systems incidents - 26 Nov

Fatal accident - Coal mine worker struck by rotating dragline -26 Nov

Fatal accident - Loss of control of personnel carrier - 26 Nov

NSW Summary Winch rope failure - 26 Nov

NZ Alert - Ten pathways to death and disaster - 19 Nov

NZ Alert - ADT mechanical failure - 19 Nov

Fatality Alert - Worker fatally struck by object - 19 Nov

Fatality Alert - Mechanic struck by bucket of excavator - 19 Nov

Company fined for convictions relating to a shotfiring incident - 19 Nov

Pressurised steering accumulators sent off-site - 19 Nov

NZ Alert - Ute backs into loader bucket -12 Nov

Truck rolls backwards - 12 Nov

Timber smashed through windscreen of dumper - 12 Nov

Coal mine worker crushed by moving plant - 12 Nov

Electric motor terminal cover - catastrophic failure - 12 Nov

Mobile scaffold quick release claw clamp failure - 12 Nov

NZ Alert - Worker falls from barge - 5 Nov

Worker dies after being struck by a mobile crane - 5 Nov

Safe use on quick hitches on excavators - 5 Nov

Fatality Alert - Haul truck bed collapsed on mechanic - 5 Nov

Company convicted and fined following death of mine worker - 5 Nov

NSW Summary - Worker's hand pulled into a conveyor belt roller - 5 Nov

2021 - October

NZ Alert - Rockfall damages crusher - 29 Oct

Company fined after workers exposed to extreme conditions - 29 Oct

Overburden drill fell onto light vehicle - 29 Oct

Ensure safe working on vehicle hydraulic systems - 29 Oct

Fatality Alert - Miner engulfed by material in surge bin - 29 Oct

NSW Summary - Uncontrolled movement of elevated work platform - 29 Oct

NZ Alert Broken link arm on loader - 22 Oct

Company director fined for health & safety failings - 22 Oct

Unsecured load impacts vehicle - 22 Oct

High potential incidents report - 22 Oct

Fire risk of battery units for underground battery electric vehicles - 22 Oct

NSW Summary Coal burst incident - 22 Oct

NZ Alert - Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 - 15 Oct

Fatality Alert - Contract welder found unresponsive - 15 Oct

All confined spaces pose hazards - 15 Oct

Workers ejected from underground platform - 15 Oct

Lubrication of circuit breakers - 15 Oct

NSW Summary - Worker sprayed with oil - 15 Oct 

NZ Alert Speeding and overloading kills - 8 Oct

Fatality Alert Experienced driver found lying in front of his truck - 8 Oct

Roof and rib accidents alert - 8 Oct

An excavated trench collapsed fatally injuring gold prospector - 8 Oct

Worker fatally crushed after being hit by moving vehicle - 8 Oct

Preventing inrushes at underground mines - 8 Oct

NZ Alert - Squashed finger cutting rock - 1 Oct

Limb entanglement in cement mixer - 1 Oct

Loose bracket on crane walkway fell to ground - 1 Oct

Stone mine pillar collapse - 1 Oct

Worker's legs pulled into a woodchipper - 1 Oct

NSW Summary - Excavator operator reversed off edge of pad - 1 Oct

2021 - September

NZ Alert  Anxiety levels are up - 24 September

Crush risk when operating stabilisers on truck mounted cranes - 24 September

Investigation release on conveyor chute incident - 24 September

Safe cleaning procedures for truck mounted mixing drums - 24 September

Fatality from fall of ground at an underground coal mine - 24 September

NSW Summary Light vehicle tipped on windrow - 24 September

NZ Alert - Worker injured using hammer and bolster - 17 September

Human factors – water carts and cabin interfaces - 17 September

Fatality at a collapsed underground coal mine in Queensland - 17 September

Worker killed while using an unguarded angle grinder - 17 September

Managing heat exposure in coal mines - 17 September

NSW Summary - Lift frame welds fail - 17 September

NZ Alert - Injury to hand while changing cutting edge - 3 September

Psychosocial health and safety and bullying in Australian workplaces - 3 September

Off-highway haul truck tyre blowout in workshop injures workers - 3 September

Crush injuries sustained during maintenance activities - 3 September

Fatality Alert - Truck driver hit while conducting examination of a truck - 3 September

NSW Summary - Worker found suspended in ventilation door - 3 September

NZ Alert - Covid just another hazard - 3 September

Fact Sheet - Critical controls for the risk of structural collapse - 3 September

Fact sheet - Stockpile stability management for surface coal operations - 3 September

Learnings from VCD hatch seal underground fatality incident - 3 September

Fatality Alert - A miner was run over walking to his normal work area - 3 September

NSW Summary - A mine worker fell while climbing a ladder to access the scaffold - 3 September

2021 - August

NZ Alert - We need to look after each other - 27 August

CHPP pump suction pipe dislodges resulting in a serious injury to worker - 27 August

Fatality Alert - A rock ledge gave way while a miner was standing on it - 27 August

Fatality Alert - Miner died during flash flood - 27 August

NSW Summary - An uncontrolled dump truck collided with a dozer - 27 August

NSW Summary - A worker fell into the feed chute of a conveyor - 27 August

NZ Alert - Oil leak causes potential fire - 13 August

Hydraulic fluid leak cause of fire damage - 13 August

Unplanned movement of autonomous trucks - 13 August

Fatality Alert - Boom extension fell on miner - 13 August

Fatality Alert - Rock fall struck miner in lift basket - 13 August

NSW Summary - Watercart collided with a haul truck - 13 August

NZ Alert - Infected puncture wound - 06 August

Video - Pressurised refueling system lessons learned - 06 August

Video - Pressurised refueling system overview - 06 August

Miners continue to die in rollover accidents - 06 August

Powered haulage accidents - 06 August

NSW Summary - Parked service cart hit by drill rig - 06 August

2021 - July

NZ Alert - Rock falls from quarry face - 30 July

Coal mine worker trapped by moving vehicle - 30 July

Dangers of placing body parts in line of fire - 30 July

Head stuck under tipper body - 30 July

Leg sucked into air excavation system - 30 July

NSW Summary - Light vehicle near fall over open edge - 30 July

NZ Alert - Near miss - Crane wedge and socket - 23 July

NZ Alert - Worker injured after ingesting fuel - 23 July

A stabiliser on a truck extended and struck another vehicle - 23 July

Failure to correctly isolate plant - 23 July

Suspension trauma cause for rescue of an at height drill person - 23 July

NSW Summary - Watercart collided with a truck - 23 July

NZ Alert - Competency or supervision required when operating cranes - 16 July

Two near misses involving the delivery of concrete - 16 July

Incident animation video - 2019 fatality at Snapper Mineral Sands Mine - 16 July

Potential hazard to road users created by rocks trapped between tipper’s tyres - 16 July

Rope sheave guard fell from top of drill rig’s mast - 16 July

Empty oil drum found burning wedged between conveyor return belt - 16 July

NZ Alert - Quarry fatality from rock fall - 9 July

Arm crushed between outrigger leg and safety cage - 9 July

Fatality caused by explosion of corroded fire extinguisher - 9 July

Importance of wearing correct eye PPE - 9 July

Fatality Alert - Miner engulfed by raw material - 9 July

NSW Summary - Vehicle rolled away during hot seat changeover - 9 July

NZ Alert - Failure to comply with inspectors runs risk of legal enforcement - 2 July

Investigation Release - Collision between an excavator and dozer - 2 July

Worker knocked off ladder - 2 July

Potential crush point on personnel transport vehicle - 2 July

Crawler utility vehicle runaway - 2 July

NSW Summary - Unmanned dump truck travelled 30metres in an arc - 2 July

2021 - June

WorkSafe Alert - Wellington region is at Alert Level 2 - 25 June

Roller emergency stop brake failure - 25 June

Excavator tipped onto its side whilst lowering and placing a load - 25 June

Tail drum adjuster frame fell and hit worker on the face - 25 June

Contact with saw blade cause of laceration to nose - 25 June

Inadequate restraint cause of radiator cowling and fitter to fall - 25 June

NZ Alert - Neurodegenerative diseases - 18 June

Fatality Alert - Worker Struck by light vehicle at quarry - 18 June

Excavator observations and common issues found from tests - 18 June

Vehicle incidents video - Heading in the wrong direction - 18 June

Sudden tyre failure ejects rock shrapnel through a dozer’s cabin - 18 June

NSW Summary - A piece of roof bratt fell on worker - 18 June

NZ Alert - Uncontrolled movement of loader - 11 June

Operator crushed between two light vehicles - 11 June

Fatality Alert -  A piece of rock fell and struck worker - 11 June

Fatality Alert - Runaway trailer struck contract labourer - 11 June

Building failures during severe weather events - 11 June

NSW Summary - An excavator collided with a dozer - 11 June

NZ Alert - Contact between excavator and DT - 4 June

Plant operator runs over his foot - 4 June

Dragline boom point sheaves fall to ground - 4 June

Fatality Alert - shuttle car struck by second shuttle car - 4 June

Prevention of rollovers IRTE Guidance May 2021 - 4 June

NSW Summary - Slumped edge cause of dump truck wheels to drop off the edge - 4 June

2021 - May 

NZ Alert - Broken link arm on loader - 28 May

WorkSafe Alert -Risky work requires effective and current risk management - 28 May

WorkSafe Video - Shaving Lives: Perfectly fitted masks save lives - 28 May

Hazards associated with the use of e-cigarette devices - May

Person at risk from flyrock at quarry - 28 May

NSW Summary - Dozer and Haul truck near miss - 28 May

NZ Alert - Trespassers on site - 21 May

Fatality Alert - Gate pole entered trucks windshield -21 May

Worker struck by material when entering plant operating zone - 21 May

Failure of a road tanker pressure valve - 21 May

Mixed chemicals used to clean portable toilet released toxic fumes -21 May

NSW Alert - Workers leg crushed between steel beams - 21 May

NZ Alert - Sprain from lifting crane boom - 14 May

NZ Alert - Tow balls should be checked as part of the prestart checklist - 14 May

NZ Alert - Working in unsafe conditions in a deep trench - 14 May

Worker sustains critical injuries after driving loader over stope edge - 14 May

Skip lorry driver trapped between skips - 14 May

NSW Summary - Fingers crushed while operating a roof bolting rig - 14 May

NZ Alert - Worker exposure to hazardous substances - 7 May

WorkSafe Alert - New classification system for hazardous substances - 7 May

Surface mining & quarrying programme for secondary school students - 7 May

Fatality Alert - Miner pinned between haul truck and personal vehicle - 7 May

Insulation tape used to bypass an operational function button on a piling rig - 7 May

NSW Summary - Surface drill-rig operators hit with ballast - 7 May

 

2021 - April

NZ Alert - Potential hydraulic injection of worker - 30 Apr

WorkSafe Alert - New Classification system for hazardous substances - 30 Apr

Over pressurised piping causes line failure - 30 Apr

Arm trapped following uncontrolled movement of an outrigger - 30 Apr

Fatality investigation reveals deficiencies in safety procedures - 30 Apr

NSW Summary - Frictional ignition of methane gas incident - 30 Apr

NZ Alert - Snatch block failure during lift - 23 Apr

Chain block failure during positioning of catenary wire - 23 Apr

Forklift stability when carrying loads - 23 Apr

Team inspector fatally trapped between metal plates - 23 Apr

Safety Systems on bitumen storage tanks - 23 Apr

NSW Summary - Loss of control caused truck overturn - 23 Apr

WorkSafe Alert - Excavator tip-overs - 16 Apr

WorkSafe Alert - Trucking induction video - 16 Apr

Finger cut with grinder while working on aggregate dredger - 16 Apr

Boom line caught injuring worker - 16 Apr

Dropped drill pipe incident - 16 Apr

NSW Summary - Haul truck laceration incident - 16 Apr

NZ Alert - Worker walks behind operating loader - 9 Apr

NZ Alert - Driver hit by transporter ramp - 9 Apr

NZ Alert - Raised bucket drops - 9 Apr

NZ Alert - Tipping trailer contacts overhead power - 9 Apr

Worker injured falling off equipment - 9 Apr

NSW Summary - Shuttle car collision - 9 Apr

2021 - March

NZ Alert - H&S Workshops Kerikeri, Dargaville & Te Kuiti - 26 Mar

NZ Alert - Edge protection must be inspected and maintained - 26 Mar

Fatality Alert - Excavator rolled into body of water - 26 Mar

A fall whilst descending a ladder resulted in a fractured leg - 26 Mar

Near miss when excavator fell from crane during lifting operation - 26 Mar

NSW Summary - Grader operator makes contact with haul truck performing a u-turn - 26 Mar

NZ Alert - Rockfall damages excavator - 19 Mar

Operator working at height on top of loader with no fall restraint - 19 Mar

Machinery overturning incidents - 19 Mar

Uncontrolled release of bitumen from gantry hose - 19 Mar

A boom lift slides during stabilisation phase - 19 Mar

NSW Summary - Excavator engulfed by fire -19 Mar

NZ Alert - Loader collides with light vehicle - 12 Mar

WorkSafe Alert - On the job? Your seatbelt should be too - 12 Mar

Fire on RC drill rig from compressed air system - 12 Mar

Falls from walkways and platforms - 12 Mar

NSW Summary - Unplanned movement of stacker hits light vehicle - 12 Mar

NZ Alert - Worker sprayed with battery acid - 5 Mar

NZ Alert - Worker struck by excavator - 5 Mar

Failure of a loadbearing part of lifting equipment - 5 Mar

Piling rig bolts fall within exclusion zone - 5 Mar

Building partially collapsed after excavation work - 5 Mar

NSW Summary - Evasive action taken to avoid collision - 5 Mar

2021 - February

NZ Alert - Register for our regional Health & Safety workshops - 26 Feb

NZ Alert - Ashburton Health & Safety workshop date set for 3 June - 26 Feb

NZ Alert - Care for customers should be a priority when managing health and safety - 26 Feb

Operator injures foot while replacing the cutting edge on loading shovel bucket - 26 Feb

Miner fatally injured at dump point - 26 Feb

NSW Summary - Worker hospitalised after attempt to connect a pipe to a manifold - 26 Feb

NZ Alert - Uncontrolled stored energy release - 19 Feb

Unattended haul truck rolls 65 metres - 19 Feb

Operator injured whilst undertaking maintenance on conveyor - 19 Feb

Rockfall injures jumbo operator - 19 Feb

Fatal incident occurred removing a down-the-hole hammer - 19 Feb

NSW Summary - Water truck lost control on ramp and rolled - 19 Feb

NZ Alert - Injury while breaking rock - 5 Feb

Two miners die while pumping sealing grout underground - 5 Feb

Bitumen manufacturing acid sprayed onto face and eyes of operator - 5 Feb

Dangers of unguarded machinery and plant - 5 Feb

Elevated work box falls from integrated tool carrier - 5 Feb

NSW Summary - Dump truck veered onto a windrow and rolled - 5 Feb

 

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