The NSW Resources Regulator has released a preliminary report into the recent Hunter Valley mine fatality.
The NSW Resources Regulator says on 3 November 2018, a 37-year-old worker suffered fatal injuries when a large earthmoving tyre, weighing about 2.2 tonnes fell onto him at the mine’s heavy vehicle wash bay.
Other workers responded to the scene and initiated the mine’s emergency response procedures.
Resources Regulator inspectors and investigators responded and commenced a major investigation to determine the cause and circumstances of the incident. The mine operator and contractor are cooperating with the investigation.
According to Resources Regulator, this incident reinforces the importance of implementing effective risk control measures when working near suspended loads and lifting equipment.
“Mine and petroleum site operators and contractors are reminded of their duty to identify hazards and manage risks to health and safety associated with the operation of suspended loads and lifting equipment.
“Mine operators and contractors must have effective safety management systems in place and identify risks associated with the operation of lifting equipment such as tyre handlers.
“When managing these risks, mine operators and contractors must have regard to the possibility of interactions between the lifting equipment, the load and people, and falling objects.”
Mine operators and contractors must maintain appropriate separation distances between the lifting equipment, the load and people.
.”Work areas must be clearly defined and appropriate exclusions zones must be effectively maintained in the event of an uncontrolled release of the load from the lifting equipment.”
Workers must also be provided with information, training and supervision when working around lifting equipment and suspended loads.