Fatigue linked to 2018 Bulga mine truck collision

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The NSW Resources Regulator has completed an investigation into a dump truck collision that left a mine worker with serious injuries.

The regulator said the nose to tail collision of two heavy dump trucks occurred around 3.30am at the Bulga Open Cut Mine in July last year.

The investigation did not identify any breaches of work health and safety legislation but did highlight the need for all mine operators to closely monitor and manage worker fatigue, according to the Regulator’s Acting Director Regulatory Services Steve Orr.

“The investigation revealed the injured worker was unresponsive when the truck he was driving hit the rear of a stopped truck. As a result of the collision, two pillars of the operator’s cabin pushed inward, trapping the driver for a short time,” Mr. Orr said.

“Following the incident, the mine operator strengthened its risk controls in relation to fatigue management while fully cooperating with the Resources Regulator’s investigation.

“Now that the investigation is complete, we’re calling on all mine operators and contractors to ensure they have strategies in place to eliminate or minimise risks associated with fatigue.

“We’ve recommended operators implement real-time fatigue monitoring systems, encourage workers to self-report fatigue and medical conditions, and review roster cycles.

“We also recognise workers must take reasonable care of their own health and safety and remind them to always speak to their supervisors when they are fatigued and to report any medical conditions that could affect them.”

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